Good Morning Friends,
Today I recommend listening to Kiss the Rain as you read my post, for today I step outside my usual mental meanderings and ask for your support.
I came to Tanzania wanting to help change children’s lives. I came to Tanzania vaguely aware of the injustices of a country with no tangible women’s and children’s rights policies. That awareness has heightened over the past year.
These are issues I feel strongly about but can influence little, however I do what I can.
I was honoured and privileged to be asked to help a good friend finalise her petition to the South African government to take action to save the countries women and children. The cases within her petition; of a paedophile father and a girl being raped on the beach are people she is very close to. The picture of the little girl on the petition page was taken on the same day that girl’s grandmother, a lady in her seventies, came home from church to find two men waiting in her house and proceeded to rape her.
Roxy Meier is a lady who is determined to be heard and will be a voice of the future in the fight for women and children’s rights
Today I share Roxy’s petition words with you and ask that you follow this link and sign her petition:
Dear Mr President,
I write to you as a daughter, sister, aunt, wife and a proud South African woman. I write to you on behalf of every silenced victim of violence and sexual abuse.
You see Mr President, every abuse case which is not followed by correct procedure; every police officer who accepts a bribe of silence and every attorney, whose fees are out of reach, silences our survivors.
You held Interfaith meetings and sympathised with the families of boys who were tragically and violently taken from this world. I thank you for this, but… What about the rest of the tragedies, the stories which do not make the front page or International headlines? What about the cases which are not reported because people do not have faith in the justice system? What about the little girl who is abused by her paedophile father who escapes prosecution and walks free to harm other children? What about the woman who is gang raped while taking a walk on the beach and then subjected to inefficient police investigation and drawn out court cases ultimately, only to see justice not being served? What about our constitution and the right to feel safe?
Many women and children are lost in this failing system, the system of a government who seems uncommitted to protecting the most vulnerable in our society. Mr President, we are losing the women and children of South Africa!
I want to live in a country where I do not become a part of the national statistic of one in every three women being raped. I want to be heard and counted. I want to be confident that when I report a crime, the dockets will not mysteriously disappear, and the suspect will be arrested, tried and convicted if found guilty. I want to feel confident that the state has the capacity to protect the best interests of every South African child and I want to be sure that all state employees have been appointed on merit, thereby ensuring their capability of fulfilling their job description.
A minimum of 45,000 women and child rapes are being reported in our country monthly. This does not address those going unreported. South Africa is in a state of crisis! I therefore appeal to you. Break the silence of the women and children of South Africa.
I ask that you:
- Address the issue of incompetence within the South African Police Service by ensuring they are fit and proper for their role. Provide adequate training and implement accountability measures.
- Consider the Bill of Human Rights and ensure that every employee within the state judicial sector does so too. Consider the basic right to safety and address the issue of noncompliance within this regard.
- Implement a strategy whereby the almost non-existent conviction rate of paedophiles and rapists increases. As it stands today there is absolutely no deterrent for perpetrators.
- Address the issue of the National Sex Offender Registry and ensure that it is utilised as was intended.
- Instigate change. Spearhead a changed and improved attitude toward the protection and safety of South Africa’s most vulnerable.
Mr. President. Anyone can talk but it is no longer about what you say. It is only by taking action that things will change. I say, on behalf of every silenced victim of violence and sexual abuse, enough is enough! Will you continue to be silent and participate in silencing the women and children of South Africa, or will you take a stand and break the silence?
Please don’t ignore these women and children. Sign the petition.
I support and applaud Roxy Meier for making her voice heard on behalf of women and children everywhere.
If ever there was a post I would respectfully ask to be shared, tweeted, linked, re-blogged, E-mailed and commented on, it is this one.
I thank you my friends.