Nontobeko Mazibuko (Social Worker at Thutuzela Care Centre at Evander Hospital), Estelle Swart (cancer activist) and Tracey Keen -Horak (Public Prosecutor at Secunda Court) spoke to girls at Evander High School on Friday, 18 August.

Estelle Swart (cancer activist), Tracey Keen -Horak (Public Prosecutor at Secunda Court) and Nontobeko Mazibuko (Social Worker at Thutuzela Care Centre at Evander Hospital), visited Evander High School on Friday, 18 August.
They celebrated Women’s Month and spoke to the girls about rape and abuse.
“There are different kinds of abuse,” said Nontobeko.
She urged the girls to report abuse and especially sexual abuse as soon as possible.
Thutuzela Care Centre provides counselling to the rape survivor and also supports the family.
Tracey said it is important to report these matters so that the perpetrators can be caught and sent to prison.
She said cell phones are the playgrounds of paedophiles.
“We like to post selfies and if you post a photo on Facebook, it is public and anyone can look at your profile and your photos,” said Tracey.
“Then you start chatting to someone on Facebook.
“Do you know who you are talking to?
“Should you be talking to strangers?”
She asked the girls if they take naked photos of themselves and send it to their boyfriends.
“According to law you are a child until you are 18 years old, so if you are taking a naked photo of yourself, you are manufacturing child pornography.
“If you send that photo to your boyfriend, he is in possession of child pornography.
“These are criminal offences and you can go to prison for it.
“At your age, that boyfriend is not going to be your boyfriend forever, don’t send him those photos.”
She urged the girls to fight back if they are raped.
“Only fight back if the rapist does not have a weapon,” said Tracey.
“When you report rape, we need evidence, report the rape before you take a bath or shower and bring your underware with, that is evidence.
“Rape victims usually feel guilty and think it was their fault.
“It was not your fault.”
According to Tracey, 60% of rape victims get raped by people they know, such as an uncle, grandfather, stepfather or a neighbour or family friend.
“If somebody in your family or circle of friends raped you, you tell your mom.
“If she does nothing about it, it is an offence.
“If you cannot talk to your parents, tell a friend or a teacher.
“You have a voice and nobody is entitled to do something to you that you do not want them to do.”
Estelle spoke about a virus known as the Human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection.
This virus can cause cancer and Estelle described it as the silent cancer.
It is spread through sexual contact and according to her, usually by the time women find out they have this virus, it has already developed to Stage 4.
“At that stage, it cannot be treated anymore.
“Girls aged between 16 and 26 can now have injections against this virus.”
She showed the girls how to do a self-examination to prevent breast cancer.
Estelle is collecting handbags with toiletries including sanitary towels, soap, wash cloths, towels, deodorant and more for the Thutuzela Care Centre for the rape victims.
For more information, contact Estelle at 083 652 7727.

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