NAILED IT: Presenters Julian Naidoo, Aden Thomas and Tapfuma Makina have orange nails in support of 'Don’t Look Away' #MeToo.Picture: Rusana Philander
NAILED IT: Presenters Julian Naidoo, Aden Thomas and Tapfuma Makina have orange nails in support of 'Don’t Look Away' #MeToo.Picture: Rusana Philander

#DontLookAway: Give voice to gender violence

By Rusana Philander Time of article published Nov 30, 2017

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Cape Town - Heart FM radio personalities have come out in support of the “Don’t Look Away” #MeToo campaign against gender violence.

Aden Thomas, Julian Naidoo and Tapfuma Makina, from Heart’s breakfast show, said men also need to play a role when it comes to violence against women and children.

Thomas said taking into account the amount of international attention focused on the #MeToo campaign, it gave a greater voice to gender violence issues.

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“It provides some safety for survivors and brings perpetrators to account. It is our duty as men to make society safer for children and women. Because if we are silent we become complicit. We need to speak out," he said.

Naidoo said: “I hope this campaign scares all potential perpetrators of violence. Victims should not be afraid to speak out anymore. It is important for the families of victims to speak out as well. In some cases families do not believe victims of abuse,” he said.

Makina said it was shocking to see how rife sexual abuse was.

“It is hard to believe the amount of abuse that is happening. In some cases men are watching while it is happening.

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“We sometimes know the perpetrators. As men we need to play a role too, to bring an end to violence against women and children.

“More men need to ask what they can do to bring an end to this violence. The first step would be to speak out if we see any form of violence or abuse,” he said.

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