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Why 'I believe you' are important words for sexual assault survivors

Written by: Qama Qukula

The founder of 'Not In My Name' says believing survivors is a powerful tool against sexual assault.

The 'Not In My Name' campaign was born as a response to the ongoing abuse of women across the country.

Not In My Name's Siyabulela Jentile says reaffirming and supporting sexual assault survivors from the start could potentially help prevent any further abuse and trauma.

This comes after singer and former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson broke her 20 year silence after claiming to have been raped by Safa president Danny Jordaan.

SINGER: Jennifer Ferguson: I found it impossible to speak out about the rape

Ferguson, in a blog post, revealed how she was raped by the soccer boss in 1997.

Jentile described the work of 'Not In My Name' and a father called in to share his daughter's traumatic rape ordeal which went undisclosed for five years.

Take a listen to Ferguson speak out and Jentile explain what his initiative is about:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why 'I believe you' are important words for sexual assault survivors




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