Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Anti-rape picket outside Parliament

By Nadia Samie

Activist group Rape Crisis embarked on a lunchtime picket at the gates of Parliament on Wednesday. The picketers are campaigning for a Sexual Offences Act that includes a new definition of rape that observes sexual violation of men and boys and a national policy framework in order to ensure inter-sector co-operation and coordination in the management of sexual offences, amongst other issues. The picket is part of the Justice Denied campaign. Rape Crisis is accusing the government of using 1957 legislation, no and slow arrests missing dockets and corrupt officials. They say survivors are silenced in court. About 150 supporters attended the picket. Gassan Solomon, a member of Parliament, came out to collect the memorandum. Solomon said that pressure is now on the government to perform.


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