by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – ONE of South Africa’s foremost voices against the abuse of women and children has welcomed the Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) decision to block access to an online game allowing players to rape or kill females and minors in gaming mode.
The blockage effectively means that South Africans will not be able to play or download the game in the country.
“The blocking of the game in question is testament of what we can achieve when we stand together,” said Bridget Bhengu, Avon’s Corporate Communications Director.
She pointed out that according to the Medical Research Council, only one in 29 rape incidents are reported to the authorities.
Bhengu said this highlighted the fact that the 120 000 cases that were reported over the last three fiscal years were just the tip of an iceberg.
“We therefore welcome the decisions by the FPB as this illustrates the seriousness of the issue of rape,” she said.
Avon expressed gratitude to the 1000 Women’s Trust for their unyielding campaign and decisive action which has resulted in the blocking of the game.
“We are touched by all the support we received,” said Tina Thiart, Director of the 1000 Women’s Trust.
Thiart believes the next step in resolving this issue is to ensure that women are part of the committees that decide on internet content.
“We want to acknowledge the special role that Avon played in strengthening our case and in amplifying our voice,” she said.
Avon works with several NGOs across South Africa as part of its promise to help end violence against women and children.
Since 2010, the company has raised and donated over R8 million towards this cause, helping thousands of rape victims in the process.
– CAJ News