Gangs target teen girls.

Today I read an article that blew me away. While browsing through my Twitter feed the title, “Rise in gang rapes of teen girls”, grabbed my attention immediately. The article speaks about a brave teen girl who survived a gang rape. The 15 year old and her family are standing up against her attackers and pressing charges despite the fact that their lives may be in danger because of it.

Honestly, I take my hat off to this girl and her mom. I’m not sure I’d have the courage to do the same – not many people would. The girl’s mother says selflessly in the article that she will not drop the charges because she doesn’t want it to happen to someone else’s child.

Here are some of the shocking truths about violent abuse (extracted from the article):

  • 50 000 – the average number of reported rapes in SA every year
  • 10 000 000 – the number of actual rapes experts believe are happening every year
  • 3 – the percentage of rape cases that actually result in cases going to court
  • 28 000 – the number of reported sex violations against SA children last year
  • 5 – the percentage of children who will be sexually abused before they turn 18
  • 85 – the percentage of rapists who are armed with a knife or a firearm
  • 65 – the percentage of women who get raped in their homes
  • 1000 – the number of domestic violence cases reported by Mitchell’s Plain cops every month.

MEC for Community Safety Dan Plato is quoted saying “Alcohol and drugs are major contributors for rapes and many may feel they do not want to lay a charge.” [My response to his comment?] Thank you for that Captain Obvious, now what are YOU going to do about it?

With elections coming up this is the perfect opportunity for both the ANC and the DA (and all the smaller political parties) to stop all the talk and start taking action. Our people deserve better, especially innocent children.

We all know Rome wasn’t built in a day but maybe if our politicians worried less about power and worried more about the people who put them into power, the future of all South African citizens would be looking a lot brighter.

Click here to read the article:  Rise in gang rapes of teen girls

Racist tweets are the new sex tapes!

Sex tapes are so last year! Why waste valuable time making a sex tape when you could just go on an insensitive and racist rampage via Twitter? Not only will you nearly double your amount of followers but you will become a trending topic in three different forms as well as make news headlines everywhere.

Before last week Friday I had no idea who Jessica Leandra was, despite her former title as 2011 FHM Model of the year. Once she dropped the ‘k-word’ in one of her tweets it seemed as if everywhere I looked, there she was. I woke up to her name being all over my Twitter feed. Even after all the dust has settled, her name will always be imprinted in to my memory.

Yes, she will be forever be associated with racism but the fact remains that Jessica is now more famous than she ever was. And she didn’t have to pull a Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton to achieve it.  I’m sure Jessica had no idea how her thoughtless tweet would completely blow up in her face but one thing it did do (besides cause an uproar across the country) was get her name out there.

There are many ignorant people who believe that there is no such thing as bad publicity, I’M NOT SAYING JESSICA IS ONE OF THEM, but they do exist. As PR professionals we know better. Unless you want to see your reputation go up in flames, be careful what you put out there – especially on the internet. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA.

Racist tweets are becoming far too common. This needs to stop. Like sex tapes, posting a racist tweet will get you your 15mins of fame my dear, but goodluck trying to maintain it.

*Disclaimer: This post is simply pointing out that the infamous reputation and popularity that comes with sex tapes of celebrities in Hollywood is similar to that of those who post racist tweets on Twitter. It is in NO way condoning racism or any form of pornography.*

Some mid-week inspiration.

As I’m sure you have all gathered, I firmly believe that people should voice their opinions and back their beliefs up with actions to match.

At present, I literally still have goosebumps from a short film that I just watched on YouTube. “KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.”

I have shared this film on Facebook and Twitter, not just because I believe in this campaign but because I feel that this campaign should INSPIRE people to stand up and make a difference, because ONE person can make a difference.

This film made me think.

As South Africans we face our own challenges such as corruption, crime, etc. Take a second and ask yourself just how much and what you have done to take action and fight for what you believe in.

How much do you know about the Secrecy Bill? How much do you care? Do you know how it will affect EVERYBODY, not just journalists?

I encourage you to watch this short film and to share it. Make a difference.

Take action and find out what you can do to help make a difference in your own country. Read up on the Secrecy Bill & visit the Right2Know website: www.r2k.org.za

EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH… WHILE IT’S STILL LEGAL.

It’s not enough to sit back and criticise.

South Africa has come a long way since the oppression and dark days of Apartheid. Our forefathers spent their lives, and many even gave their lives, to give US a voice. Freedom is a concept that they could only dream of. It was something they cherished and believed in.

Our democracy is still very young. Our nation is not perfect but a better nation can not be built by government alone.  Too many South Africans are unhappy with the way the country is run, crime, corruption and even their living circumstances. I can not even count the amount of times I have heard negative remarks about this, that and the other.

In my opinion…

Everyone has a lot to say about what they’re unhappy with but not everyone gets up and does something about it.

The question isn’t what’s wrong with our country but rather, what’s wrong with the citizens of our country? You have been given the right to speak up, to vote, to stand up for what ever you believe in – it’s a luxury that many people around the world STILL do not have.

You have been blessed with ‘choice’. Use it.