UCT STUDENTS HAVE HAD ENOUGH WITH SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The students from the University of Cape Town took to their campus to protest against sexual assault on campus.

Students from the University of Cape Town staged a topless protest against rape on Tuesday. They are supporting a recent nude protest at Rhodes University where students clashed with the police.

The students gathered in front of the university’s Jameson Hall to speak out against what they called the ‘rape culture’.

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“Rape culture involves things like naming and shaming victims after they come forward to report sexual abuse. “What is most painful is that only 3% of perpetrators are convicted” said organizer and student Dela Gwala.

The rape culture has protected tutors and lectures when they were involved in incidents of sexual abuse. And there are female students who were raped in residents.

Chumani Maxwele
“Rapist” was painted over a photograph of Chumani Maxwele throwing human excrement at the Cecil John Rhodes statue on UCT campus last year

Another student Kanyiisa Nthombini (22), “There is a lecturer in the humanities faculty whose colleagues say should not be left alone with a student.” “They make jokes about the possibility of a lecturer raping a student,” she said.

 

The protesters say that they feel down by the apparent failure of universities to act against sexual abuse.

They’re hoping the protest will create awareness of campus rapes and provide support for the survivors.

UCT spokeswoman Patricia Lucas said: UCT has long been concerned about issues of sexual violence. For this reason, vice-chancellor Max Price will be participating in the #UCTSpeaksBack open forum. The issue of sexual violence is complex and so is the way we deal with it,” she said.

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