Salvation Army men stand for women

The Salvation Army Men's Fellowship took to the streets to stand against women and child abuse.

THE LOCAL Salvation Army closed off Women’s Month with a peace march against women and child abuse.

Male members of this church submitted a memorandum to the local SAPS and Magistrates Court saying that, instead of celebrating 16 Days of Activism, women and children should be protected 365 days a year.

“All too often, perpetrators go unpunished due to women and children being afraid to speak out because of fear of being ridiculed, being judged or being told that they were asking for the abuse,” the men’s fellowship leaders said.

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Items that were discussed on the memorandum were:

1. A call on the SAPS to take a stand against anyone abusing women and children.

2. Prompt responses to all cases relating to women and child abuse.

3. Exercising zero tolerance against women and child abuse.

4. Taking offences such as rape, human trafficking, domestic violence, etc, seriously and to create a safe environment for victims who come to report and open cases of this nature without making them feel ashamed or scared.

In closing, the Salvation Army members said that they were calling upon all judicial components to ensure that harsh sentences are given to all perpertrators found guilty of these offences upon women and children.

The Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking hotline – 080 007 3728.

National child abuse hotline – 0800 422 4453.

Rape, abuse and incest national network – 0800 656 4673.

Sine Thwala

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