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I reported my rape – and was victimised #9

Struck a cord. Difference is I did report. I walked into the police station after being beaten blue, nose swollen, blood all over my shirt from my nose, shorts in tatters from being ripped with a knife, one eye blue and swollen closed. And I was victimised by the police.

Confession: You might wanna get tested – slut-shaming and HIV

So the latest outrage sparked by the Rhodes Confessions page is one student telling an anonymous woman that she ought to get tested after a hook-up. And slut-shaming ensued, of course. But so did a lot of condemnation and safe-sex advocacy.

Rhodes Confessions page – is this how we want to represent Rhodes?

Since I’m been blamed for taking down the first Confessions page even though I didn’t, I’ll take credit where it’s due and highlight the beyond the pale posts on the new one.

PHOTOS: Silent Protest, by Adrian Frost

Some incredible photos of me while at the Silent Protest. All these pics were taken by the extraordinarily talented Adrian Frost. Read his post on the SP and see more of his pics here.

Interracial, cross-cultural same-sex marriage. Diversity at its best.

CHARLENE Donald and Larissa Klazinga are about as different as two women can be. Donald, 23, is bi-racial, of Xhosa descent and grew up in a Jehovah’s Witness home in East London. Klazinga, 40, is Jewish and grew up in a small gold-mining town in Gauteng. Klazinga is a vegetarian, while Donald loves to eat… Read More ›

Silent Protest 2012 in City Press

The City Press reports on the 2012 Silent Protest, for which I was media liaison. Check out an interview with me about why we protest.

Declining internet freedom in Russia – Alexey Sidorenko

Internet freedom and access to information is increasingly at risk as mega-powers like Russia and China seek to limit outgoing information flows and dissent, said Alexey Sidorenko of Russia-based Teplitsa. Sidorenko was the keynote speaker of day two of the annual Highway Africa conference on media development hosted by Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

The Eastern Cape: still frontier country for SA media

The Eastern Cape is a province forgotten by many in the media but is alive with the essence of what makes the media powerful, according to Michelle Solomon. Home to three of South Africa’s oldest newspapers, as well as two boundary-breaking radio stations, the push-pull of the politics of the Eastern Cape is reflected in the dynamics… Read More ›

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In a May 27 op-ed Natasha Joseph, news editor for the City Press, referred to my reports on a Grahamstown child rape case. The case is one I have been working on in Grahamstown, and the Gender Action Project has mobilised around the family and children in recent months.

Reclaiming the term ‘rape survivor’

There are times when silence is more eloquent and expressive than shouts of protest, or words spoken in the face of ignorance. The Silent Protest seeks to embody this silence in solidarity with rape survivors who, for whatever reason, are not able to speak out about the violence exerted on them and their bodies. The Silent Protest also serves to make a space for those survivors who know and have experienced the deep vault of secrecy to come forward in a safe space, and make their voices heard. On this day, these survivors who feel they are able to come forward wear a T-shirt identifying themselves as a “Rape Survivor”.