Thursday 29 August 2013
Next to SA Jewish Museum, 88 Hatfield Street, Gardens
Although our Constitution and Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Act enshrine the right to live free from violence and sexual assault, South Africa has one of the highest incidents of rape in the world. In 2011/12 alone, 9 193 sexual offences were reported in the Western Cape – an average of just under 27 cases per day. Set against a background of poverty, easy access to drugs and HIV infection, many victims do not report having been raped, as they have little faith in our criminal justice system. South Africa is reaching a tipping point on rape, and thus a nationwide conversation needs to take place between government, academia and civil society.
On 29 August, the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies, Sonke Gender Justice, Catholic Methodist Mission and Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust are facilitating a Transformation Conversation open to the public to discuss the shared roles government, civil society, faith-based leaders and private citizens should play in order to eliminate this shameful scourge in our society.
- Melanie Judge, gender activist and event moderator
- Kathleen Dey, Director, Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust
- Desmond Lesejane, Deputy Director, Sonke Gender Justice
- Reverend Alan Storey, Central Methodist Mission Cape Town
- Dr. Zethu Matebeni, UCT Humanities Research Institute