Red My Lips-Men Speak out Against Sexual Violence.

Red My Lips-Men Speak out Against Sexual Violence.

Red lipstick has always been symbolic of glamour and women. However, it is being repurposed in new campaign raising awareness and speaking up against women abuse.

 A group of fathers, sons, brothers and uncles showed their solidarity to women by donning red lipstick. Red My Lips campaign is designed to raise visibility and awareness about the realities and prevalence of sexual violence, while combating rape myths and victim blaming.  

At the tender age of 5 and again at age 19 years old I was sexually assaulted by someone I trusted. For many years, I felt helpless and gagged by the shame and disappointment I felt. Decades later I’ve found my quivering, nervous voice through writing, sharing my experiences and witnessing the power of  speaking out through campaigns like Red my Lips. In South Africa, rape and sexual violence is an everyday occurrence for many.

On 28 April 2011, Danielle Tansino was out with friends and was later raped by her housemate’s friend.  Tansino reported the incident at the police station, but was told by a female District Attorney that the judicial system would not be taking the case further as “jurors don’t like girls that drink.”

So, when Johannesburg based photographer Yolandi Jacobz heard of Tansino’s story she saw this as an opportunity to promote the Red My Lips Campaign in South Africa.

A few weeks back Hip Hop Muso Aka took a break from his Twars(Twitterwars) and posted a poignant message on child Abuse. The Kiernan Forbes Foundation supports Child Protection Week. Whilst holding his beautiful daughter Kairo(2) he said "It starts at home, make sure you know who you are leaving your kids around. Make sure know who you're trusting. Let's take care of them, let's love them."

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