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On 22 March, a walk against rape took place on UP’s Hatfield campus.
Five final-year Film and Drama students: Stephanie Ihesie, Susan Nkata, Carmen Joubert, Joffe Tsebe, and Palesa Olifant organised the walk. The organisers said, “We are final-year Drama and Film students and as a task, we were asked to create a campaign dealing with rape or feminism. As we researched and discussed the subject of rape and rape culture in our society, how it is perceived and dealt with, we realised that we couldn’t just end it after we receive our grades. We realised that walking against rape as a representation of our stance and views on rape culture is something that we must continue to do even after we graduate.”
They added, “Originally it was five girls who were all part of the campaign, however we did not count the people who walked alongside us as the only participants of the walk. Everyone who saw us walk by, everyone who read a message on the boards we carried, everyone who heard about the walk from a friend, everyone who saw our post on social media and everyone who had a discussion about rape because of the walk were all participants.”
The organisers said that they will continue to raise awareness for rape. “We want to create greater awareness about rape and its impact on society. We hope that we gain support and traction as we continue to walk. We also intend on crafting more creative, attention-gripping and effective ways to [create] awareness and cause change,” the organisers said.