A new website has been launched by Sandi Schultz and Akona Ndungane’s called isaidno.co.za. It allows rape survivors to share their stories and perhaps find some closure.
From their site:
#ISAIDNO (I Said No)
#ISAIDNO is a campaign aimed at breaking the silence of rape victims in South Africa and world wide.
This campaign began when Akona Ndungane wrote a blog called ‘I said No…’ (http://akmosaic.blogspot.com/2010/11/i-said-no.html ) and shared it with her followers/friends on twitter.
Her story touched a lot of people online and prompted a call for action and led to this collaboration with actress, activist and survivor, Sandi Schultz that will create an enabling environment for other rape victims to share their stories and experiences of rape.
#ISAIDNO has currently been adopted by many people on social media platforms such as twitter and Facebook. The idea is to grow the campaign online, but most importantly, take the campaign to as many South Africans as possible offline.
Rape is an occurrence which, according to official statistics occurred approximately 16,000 times annually during the 1980s. By 1992 the official figure for rape was 24,700.4 unofficially, based on the premise put forward by the National Institute of Crime Rehabilitation that only one in twenty rapes are reported, the figure is about 494,000 a year.
This means that on average approximately one thousand three hundred women can be expected to be raped a day in South Africa.
Even a government minister calls South Africa the rape capital of the world……..
A study by Interpol, the international police agency, has revealed that South Africa leads the world in rapes.
A woman was raped in South Africa every 17 seconds. This did not include the number of child rape victims. It was estimated that one in every two women would be raped.
Between 28 and 30 percent of adolescents reported that their first sexual encounter was forced.
Of South African men who knew somebody who had been raped, 16 percent believed that the rape survivor had enjoyed the experience and had asked for it. According to a recent study police estimated that only one in 36 rape cases was reported and of those only 15 percent culminated in a conviction.