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South Africa Girls Taught well to Deal with Increasing Cases of Crimes against Women

South Africa Girls Taught well to Deal with Increasing Cases of Crimes against Women

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 Oct 2018 1:45 PM GMT

Girls in South Africa are being taught to deal with any sort of physical harassment or molestation approach. In order to tackle with the growing incidents of crimes against women, girls right since their tender ages are taught in the South Africa schools as to how to identify any sort of molestation approach and how to react to it immediately.

Trainer Dimakatso Monokoli who trains schoolgirls about self-defence is seen training an 11-year-old girl in this way, "You are going to pretend that it is the rapist's testicles." She then asks her student to hit at the ‘target’ by delivering a powerful knee kick without hesitation.

Notably, such self-defence and rape avoidance classes are taught at the Thabisang school. For such training sessions, the normal classroom is turned into a place where the girls can practice their moves, with chairs and desks stacked against the pink walls of the classroom. This, indeed, is a commendable effort by the school authority that cares to think for the safety of their girl students rather than simply expressing verbal concern.

Monokoli also teaches the girls as to how to “read and react” to situations when there is a trouble. Addressing her students, Monokoli said, "Don't ever, ever make the mistake of being in the same room as someone you don't feel comfortable with because your guts have warned you. They have sent a message -- you are not supposed to be alone with that person.”

She also advised her students to: “If you are attacked, scream as much as you can.”

Debi Steven, the founder of ABS, who is also a child-rape survivor, said, “Violence has been normalised in South Africa. There is so much rape that people have become desensitized to it. If I have an education about what is wrong and right, I know what abuses it, and I am going to identify the minute you start abusing me emotionally, physically, sexually, financially.”

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