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SASCOC backs ‘StopRape’ campaign

SASCOC and some of the country’s leading Olympic and Paralympic athletes on Friday threw their combined weight behind the campaign against rape in South Africa.

Lead SA, together with the Department of Basic Education, launched the StopRape campaign in schools across the country in a bid to raise awareness and educate more than 10-million learners on rape and sexual abuse.

SASCOC representatives attended Friday’s launch at Sandown High School in Gauteng along with 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning rower Sizwe Ndlovu, 2012 Paralympic relay gold medallist Samkelo Radebe and Olympic bronze medallist canoeist Bridgitte Hartley.

Said Reddy: “SASCOC is totally against abuse in whatever shape or form and takes a very firm stance on this.

“Sport also has a great role to play in the correct and moral upbringing of our youth and must be used as a form of nation-building and unifying of our children.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently issued a directive to all provincial education departments to instruct schools across the country to hold a special assembly on Friday where guidelines on how to address the issue of rape and sexual abuse have been provided by the department and non-governmental organisations. NGO’s were also encouraged to attend and assist with the talks.

A pledge based on the Bill of Responsibilities was read out at the assembly and learners and educators encouraged to adopt it at the assembly.
The pledge, together with information about rape and materials to guide educators on how to cope with this sensitive topic, is available at www.leadsa.co.za


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