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BREAKING NEWS:

VOC News has confirmed that the founder of the Al Noor Orphanage in Woodstock has been arrested.

Amina Madien was arrested by the Hawks at the orphanage on Friday afternoon. She is being held in custody at an undisclosed location. Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase says the charges relate to fraud and corruption.

"Funds that were donated to the centre for the well being of the children were allegedly pocketed by her. So the charges are pertaining to fraud. She is due to appear in the Cape Town magistrates court on Tuesday," he said.

The orphanage is currently under investigation over allegations of sexual and physical abuse of minors. 17 children were removed from the orphanage by social services officials last week and moved to places of safety.

We at WMACA are horrified. These children are facing secondary trauma. They were trusted in a place of safekeeping!

We trust the Court will see this as an extremely serious crime in light of all the schools, creches, churches and now orphanages in the news of late.

#WMACA #MiniMeToo
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WELL DONE ! to our colleague Ngaa Murombedzi from our #WMACA Advocacy team who spoke to ENCA yesterday outside Forest High School .

Following the recent Forest Hill tragedy where one teenager was killed and two other hospitalised by a 20-year old fellow scholar, WMACA was reacting to Lesufi’s suggestion that pupils who are expelled from school for committing crimes should undergo a rehabilitation programme before they are considered for admission at another school.

WMACA is supportive of any rehabilitation, diversion or corrective program available to our country's youth, we just feel that, as passionate as the MEC may be about such programs, there is a severe lack of government-initiated and/or funded facilities that deal with youth offenders (up to the age of 18), an issue which needs to be addressed with urgency and almost non existent for young adults 19/20.

The Education Department should however ask itself how the toxic environment of gang violence within Forest High School and local community which has been well documented, has been allowed to fester unaddressed. Prevention remains better than cure - The Department of Education needs to address the culture of bullying, sexual abuse and gang violence and in doing so prevent the death of children.

Contrary to Mr. Lesufi's wishes to reintegrate the Forest Hill accused, the schools act of 1996 makes no provision for learners over the age of 18 to enter a youth rehabilitation program and reintegrate in the school systems.
The accused individual should be charged, tried and allowed the opportunity to defend himself as a young adult person, although we will continue to exert pressure upon the Department to look at the well-document bigger picture:

MEC Lesufi suggested an amendment to the current Education Act that would allow for the development of programs to reintroduce youth offenders into the school system - we welcome and look forward to any platform that allows problematic children the opportunity through intervention to become functional young adults.

#MiniMeToo #ForestHill #CourageousConversations #SeenButNotHurt

Our research shows that NICRO does not take anyone who falls into that category. The nature of the crime determines who they can take.

Bosasa has a cut off age of persons they take into their programs. Even then someone accused of murder is not admitted into their programs.
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Why are We doing MiniMeToo:

#MiniMeToo was initiated by Women and Men Against Child Abuse to create a culture of consciousness. Although guided by WMACA’s 21 years in the frontline of the war against child abuse, we invite every South African, all organizations working with abuse, children, Survivors, all educators and members of the clergy to take ownership and stand in solidarity with the victims of sexual abuse.  We need to take away the responsibility of blame, shame and humiliation from the victim and shift it to the perpetrators. It is a campaign that we want to become a movement that works to break the silence – abusers are protected by silence and it’s time to have courageous conversations and to create safe environments for victims.  

By using #MiniMeToo we are saying: 

When I am older I don’t want to be a #MeToo, I have the right to be safe, Don’t protect adults who sexually abuse children.

We believe that the greatest influences in shifting consciousness and having #CourageousConversations are the youth. In addition to the Media Launch media coverage and social media awareness drives, the campaign will be rolled out in a responsible fashion to influencers in schools, enabling them to use their leadership skills in creating understanding and a shift towards safer spaces for the sheer number of abused children.

The #MeToo campaign has recently gripped the world

Emboldening adults to lift the dark veil around their long-hidden stories of sexual abuse.

Yet globally, and here at home, children remain trapped by silence, finding it impossible to speak out about past abuse or traumatic events unfolding in the present. The idea that gave birth to #MiniMeToo is frightening: #MeToo revealed how difficult it is for adults to talk about sexual abuse – how much more difficult is the process for a younger (mini) MeToo?

Women and Men Against Child Abuse is stepping in and asking your help to give children a voice and the courage to come forward and report abuse. The hashtag #MiniMeToo is a means of sending a two-pronged message: one to children to assure them that they have the right to speak out; that they must not bear the guilt or shame of what an adult or peer has done to them; that they have the right to justice and support to recover from abuse; and to reassure them that there are trustworthy adults who will comfort and guide them through that recovery. The #MiniMeToo campaign also breaks the ignorant silence that perpetrators thrive in, and sends a strong message that society won’t tolerate child abuse. It also addresses people who enable these predators by looking the other way.

What you can do to support MiniMeToo:

So we call on you as an individual in every community to rise up, to open your eyes to the widespread child sexual abuse epidemic that has infected thousands of children, and continues to cripple them year after year in our own backyards. We want this message to sweep across all sectors, to every home and school, to the smallest corner of every village, town and metropolis; to every religious institution and place of work, and to this effect we are looking at various means of conversation - both online and offline. We must all stand up and say, the abuse of children CANNOT be allowed in a civilised society. Help us by having @CourageousConversations, get involved in the various campaigns (details of events and opportunities will be announced on the website and on social media) and become an active participant in this anti-abuse dialogue.

BY USING #MiniMeToo YOU ARE SAYING:

“I stand up for a child being sexually abused”

“When I am older I don’t want to be a #MeToo”

“Don’t use your adult power to abuse me”

“I want you as adults to protect me”

“DON’T PROTECT other ADULTS WHO SEXUALLY ABUSE me”

“Don’t protect adults who sexually abuse children”

“I have the right to be safe”

“I want you as adults to protect me”

ORGANISERS

Kevin barbeau

Executive Director

Women & Men Kidz Clinics

Tel: 011-7898815

Fax: 011-7898816

Website: www.wmaca.org.za

MIRANDA JORDAN-FRIEDMANN

founding Director

Women & Men Against Child Abuse

Tel: 011-7898815

Fax: 011-7898816

Website: www.wmaca.org.za

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE STATION OR:

SAPS Emergency Services

10111

SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, Head Office, Pretoria

(012) 393-2363

SAPS Crime Stop

(012) 393-2363

Ambulance​

10177 (or 112 on mobile)

ER

084 124

Netcare 911

082 911

Gender Violence Helpline

0800 150 150

Childline

0800 055 555

Report Neglect of
a Child

0861 424 453

JHB Child Welfare

011 298 8500

Lifeline

0861 322 322

FAMSA National Office (Social Workers)

011 975 7106/7

People Opposing Woman Abuse POWA

083 765 1235

Rape Crisis Counselling 24 hr crisis line

021 447 9762

AIDS Helpline

0800 012 322 or
(011) 725 6710

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