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I met Aminata Ba in January 2015 when I moved into a students’ flat in Brussels shared by 3 of us. I can’t say exactly the mental space I was in, but I was back to taking antidepressants. when I even look at my Google photos, there is only one clear photo from January 2015 which is of me in school looking irritated someone took it to begin with. Ami and I took no picture together in the 4 months we lived together, life then was all about trying to stay alive and hustle to pay bills and eat even if once a day (I could care less tbt). Six years later, we meet, can sit down for hours over breakfast and update each other on our milestones after a walk in the hood, and I returned home 4 hour later so happy for all. I listened to Ami with rapt attention, I could feel the joy in her too. I share this to inspire, motivate and encourage.
“It starts from Me”: Ending Sexual Violence/Rape Campaign
Each month, hundreds of cases of rape and sexual assaults are being talked about and we know these appalling crimes of sexual violence/rape is being committed against our sisters/brothers, daughters/sons and babies. These heinous acts have caused some fatalities as young as 3 months old and three quarters of survivors of this distressing involvement are under the age of 15.
Despite the trauma involved many cases of rape and sexual violence still go unreported as families and communities practice a culture of silence or indifference about sexual violence/rape leaving victims devastated.
In Cameroon there are hardly any safe homes/shelters for victims/survivors and medical treatment is unaffordable to many of them.
The N4SHE founded by Ms. Mirabelle Sonkey found that institutional practices and traditions can lead to a highly unsafe environment rarely challenged by our society. The society has miserably failed to educate and evolve to always pass the blame on the victims thereby communicating to victims that violence is a ‘normal’ feature of life. Schools, therefore, can be breeding grounds for potentially damaging rape culture which remain with pupils into adult life. Yet, with appropriate intervention, schools can provide an enabling environment for the prevention of sexual violence/rape.
The main objective of this campaign is to raise awareness and sensitize parents, teachers and communities at large to make use of the three Rs “RECOGNISE, RESPOND, REPORT” in children who are victims of sexual violence.
The target population is parents/teachers & community stakeholders across the nation.
So, do you want to join the third edition of the campaign starting soon to raise awareness, sensitize and normalize the conversation around rape? We are just a WhatsApp away
Join the Campaign train @ WhatsApp +237652956343
FB Page: https://web.facebook.com/TheNetworkforSolidarityHopeEmpowermentCameroon
P.S: As a volunteer, our founder visited the head office of the organization today for a working meeting ahead of the official launch of the campaign