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BLOW THE WHISTLE IS AN ANTI-RAPE INITIATIVE

blow the whistle ambassadors

As a demonstration of the united strength of South African citizens, an overwhelming number of local celebs have lent their names and support to the Blow the Whistle initiative. To each of them we would like to say "Thank You".

Sureshnie Rider

5FM Radio Personality and Co-founder

I want to live free of harm, abuse and free of Fear. I want my daughter to be able to run to a park without me having to hover around her and constantly look over my shoulder.  I’d like my sister and my friends to be able to also grow and prosper under the African Sun, free of scars of Violence, Abuse, Rape or Death

Sureshnie Rider

 

Austin Smith

Captain SA Hockey

"I've seen friends and family leave South Africa because they've been so badly affected by crime. My dream is to be able to invite them home to a safe country"

Austin Smith

 

Farah Fortune

PR Manager/Founder of African Star Communications

"Crime affects us all, don’t wait for it to happen to you before you do something about it"

Farah Fortune

 

Keegan Daniel

Sharks Captain and Springbok

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Keegan Daniel

 

Ryk Neethling

Olympic Swimmer

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Ryk Neethling

 

Bailey Schneider

Radio Presenter and Blogger

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Bailey Schneider

 

Boity Thulo

TV Presenter

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Boity Thulo

 

Carmel Fisher

Actress/Business-woman/ Philanthro-capitalist

Rape & Crime are injustices. They eat away at the core of our society. They hinder our growth as a nation. It is as much a crime against the perpetrator if he is allowed to continue his abusive behavior as it is against his/her abuser. By speaking out, you end the vicious cycle & foster hope for healing. Speak & act out for justice, respect & healthy boundaries. Love, peace, respect & hope all start with you, the individual. So go on, take a deep breath & BLOW THE WHISTLE!

Carmel Fisher

 

Catherine Grenfell

5fm Radio Personality

Last year there was a story about a boy who was about 7 years old and his 8 month old sister, that were taken from their shack and both raped and then the little boy carried his sister back home. That story shook me to my core and made me sob for hours. I could just picture this poor little boy trying to carry his little sister home after going through that horrific and traumatic situation. I knew that I needed to be involved in something that was going to make a difference and I like the fact that there are so many different aspects to the Blow The Whistle campaign and I am honoured to be a part of it.

Catherine Grenfell

 

Catriona Andrew

Actress

We cannot grow as individuals nor as a nation when in a state of fear only in love & safety will we prosper. As a woman and mother I cannot accept less!

Catriona Andrew

 

Chad Saaiman

Singer

The current status in our country regarding rape and the abuse of our women is sickening. We need to stand together to make a difference, and urge all our men to be REAL MEN, urge all the parents to raise sons that will respect women and respect themselves equally. Being a father to a 3-year old daughter, I can only stand together with campaigns such as this one, not only to make a difference in the present but to map out a better and safer future for our daughters.

Chad Saaiman

 

Dineo Moeketsi

Entertainer & Entrepreneur

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Dineo Moeketsi

 

Fix Moeti

Radio Presenter

I have always stood sternly against women and children abuse, and it is great to see that there are some men out there who stand beside me on this issue. Lets leave tribalism and culture out of it and remember that our environments have changed drastically in South Africa!

Fix  Moeti

 

Francois Hougaard

Springbok & Blue Bulls Rugby Player

The truth is that domestic violence and violence against women touches many of us. This kind of violence is not a private matter. A real man wouldn’t lay a finger on a woman. He treats his partner with respect, love and support. Men have an important role to play in sending out the message that real men do not hurt or abuse women and I am proud to be one of them.

Francois Hougaard

 

Hayley Owen

Actress

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Hayley Owen

 

Jonathan Boynton-Lee

TV Presenter

I honestly believe that we live in the most beautiful country in the world, with the most beautiful people. But, our crime statistics are unacceptable. How is it that this magical place at the tip of the African continent, a place that changes the lives of all who come here, how is it that this very special place with the "friendliest people” has become synonymous with crime. This precious country that I love with all my heart is being torn apart. A lot is said about crime, people complain and they get angry, they write comments on social media, in the press. Yes, so much is said, but nothing is done. The time has come to act. We can no longer stand by and rely on others to make a change. 1 in 3 of our women are raped. It’s heartbreaking and shocking statistics like this that signal a desperate need for action. A need to give voices to the victims. It’s up to us as proud South Africans to make a difference. From now on I act. And today I ask that you all act with me. Together, let us blow the whistle.

Jonathan Boynton-Lee

 

Keenan Arrison

Actor

"South Africa is one the most beautiful countries in the world. It boasts long stretched beaches, never ending mountain ranges and a palette of people and cultures which makes us unique. It seems we live in a country that really cares for one another, and we are very good at expressing and showing this, especially to those looking in. Even though the aforementioned is true, the latter is the façade amongst its people.

I feel it is important to be a part of this initiative as I have been directly affected by this ‘fearless beast’ - as I’m sure we all have in one way or another. It is our responsibility as a nation, also as individuals to fight crime head-on, and show how tired we are with crime in South Africa. There are way too many innocent people dying daily due to this criminal mind-set that plagues this wonderful nation. I believe Blow The Whistle is the best vehicle to help us focus all our energy on the vision we have for this country. I am proud to be associated with BTW, as it stands for what so many of us believe in. We are so paralyzed with fear and lack of trust in our government, that some of us have given up completely - lost all hope - and left our place of birth. Enough is enough!  This program aims to set us forward on the right foot, and is something I am eager to be involved with. Let us stand together with Blow The Whistle and take our people and our country back.

My name is Keenan Arrison, and I am proud to be associated with the ‘Blow the Whistle’ Campaign."

Keenan Arrison

 

Kriya Gangiah

Actress

I believe in this initiative because South Africa is full of strong and courageous women who need to fight back against crime, which ultimately effects everyone in our country. In doing so we’ll help reduce crime against women while assisting South Africa in reaching its full potential. We need to take a stand for our own future and for the future of those who will walk in our footsteps. Injustice cannot be allowed to carry on while we remain silent!  So blow the whistle on those who are doing wrong. Blow the whistle for the war against Rape, Crime and Injustice, because as South Africans we have the right to be free of crime!

Kriya Ganghia

 

Liezel VD Westhuizen

SABC Presenter

Its fantastic to be involved in this great initiative, and I encourage all South Africans to stand together and blow the whistle

 

Liezel Van De Westhuizen

 

Siv Ngesi

Actor & Comedian

It is very simple, I Siv Ngesi want to and I will change the world, Blow The Whistle is on the same mission, so who better to team up with than them...LETS DO IT!

Siv Ngesi

 

Tanya Van Graan

Model/Actress

Crime has always been a part of our life's living in South Africa...it's affected each and every one of us on some level. Let us not accept this statistic! I believe if we want to see change we need to change our sense of hopelessness into hope. Silence is a killer. But together we can be heard!  

Tanya van Graan

 

Zakeeya Patel

Actress

South Africans have become so desensitized to the number of violent crimes that occur in our country but it has come to a point where it can no longer be ignored. We can no longer turn a blind eye until it happens to us. The violent nature of our crime must be taken into account - often mindless violence underpins minor crime in SA: where someone is shot for a cellphone or a granny is gang raped during a robbery. This is horrific and unacceptable. It's time to Blow the Whistle on crime in our country.
I support Blow the Whistle to raise awareness and to shake people out of their comfortable bubbles. I want to get people angry, to get them to fight and to stop accepting crime in our country. We need to Blow the Whistle on crime - from petty crimes to the blatant, violent and monstrous crimes. Crime needs to be dealt with and exposed at all its levels- from the streets to our government.
Action needs to be taken, but in order to do that we need to address the root of the problem. South Africa is beset by crime due to a myriad of socio economic factors - but primarily lack of education and poverty. People are often driven to crime as they have no other means to support themselves or their families. However, turning to crime is made easier by the lawlessness and weak imposition of the law in South Africa. This is where we need to start.

Zakeeya Patel

 

Zuraida Jardine

Presenter

Mahatma Gandhi said..."It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

I am just trying to do the right thing, I am trying to do good, and I firmly believe that if we all just did a little good it could make a big difference...

Zuraida Jardine

 

James Small

Springbok and World Cup Winner

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James Small

 

Lee-Anne Summers

Actress

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Lee-Anne Summers

 

LeAnne Dlamini

Singer

"The Blow the Whistle Campaign is a great initiative for us as South Africans to once again come together & fight for our beautiful country. I refuse to let crime take over & ruin what we have & the only way one can help is by becoming proactive."

LeAnne Dlamini

 

Vanessa Haywood

Actress & Television/Sporting Personality

I am incredibly passionate about human rights and there’s nothing that angers me more than rape. We have the highest rape statistics in the world and it's ridiculous! Something drastic has to be done and I'm willing to help where ever I can.

Vanessa Haywood

 

John Van De Ruit

Writer, Actor, Producer

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John Van De Ruit

 

Jo-Ann Strauss

Former Miss South Africa, TV Presenter and Business Woman

It is sad that we live in a country where we’ve started to accept fear as the norm. I pray that one day, we will be able to leave our children with a country where violence and abuse in all it’s forms is a memory, not a reality as we experience today.

Jo Ann Strauss

 

Kurt Darren

Singer

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Kurt Darren

 

Brad MacLeod-Henderson

Sharks Rugby Coach

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Brad McLeod-Henderson

 

Gareth Cliff

5Fm Radio Personality

Men in South Africa have a lot to prove to our women - they deserve our respect, our love and our protection. Too often they are victims of our misogyny, violence and emotional problems. Blow The Whistle gives us an opportunity to show solidarity with the women of South Africa. I'm proud to be an advocate for this terrific campaign and a supporter of the safe future of our women.

Gareth Cliff

 

Gary Player

Grand Slam Golf Icon

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Gary Player

 

Gordon Igesund

Former Bafana Bafana Soccer Coach

A real man would never hurt a woman. A real man would never allow a woman to be hurt. Be a real man and stand up, to stop rape

Gordon Igesund

 

Hennie Le Roux

Former Springbok Rugby Player/ Managing Director of Medbury Pty Ltd.

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Hennie Le Roux

 

Jenna Clifford

Art-Jeweller Entrepreneur and Torchbearer to the United Nations MDG3 Global Call for Action for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment

Real men do not rape or abuse women, real men respect and protect their communities. It is time for women to stand together and unite with real men by their side to put an end to the abuse. It is time we stand together
to promote a unambiguously matriarchal society where real men and women can respect each other and coexist in harmony.

Jenna Clifford

 

Milkshake

5FM Radio DJ

I joined this campaign because I believe there is still much work to do in terms of transformation and gender equality in the world, my contribution will add to the much needed change and one day make the world a better place!

Milkshake

 

Stefan Terblanche

Former Springbok Rugby Player and CEO of South Africa Rugby Legends Association

For too long we have all been too quiet about this disease called cruelty against women.
"This is just a small way for me to do something about it and if I do make a difference to one person's life by supporting this initiative, I will be very happy."

Stefan Terblanche

 

Tsepo Masilela

South African National Football Player

I vow to do all I can to defend the women of South Africa – and urge you to do the same. Together, we can put a stop to violence against women

Tsepo Masilela

 

Pat Lambie

Springbok and Sharks Rugby Player

 I will be calm when you need me.

Pat Lambie

 

Siya Kolisi

Siya Kolisi

Speak up...it starts with just one voice. Lets tackle crime together.

Siya Kolisi

 

James Costello

Entertainer/Producer/Social Media Lifestyle Guru

I am immensely honoured and humbled to be partnered with Blow The Whistle; working together to eradicate the shame, fear, guilt and powerlessness of sexual abuse/incest. 

I am an adult survivor of many childhood traumas - a violent alcoholic father, an emotional concentration camp at school and a severely psychologically disturbed mother who also sexually abused me until her death when I was 22.

I want to share my history and story so that everyone; especially boys who are being abused by women and anyone in a power-play dynamic of spiritual torture and pain, can see that Healing IS possible...Change CAN happen...someone DOES care!

It is also important to note that Healing does not mean it DIDN'T happen..it did. 

It means that, with Love's help, it is DEFINITELY possible to live a life beyond that which the damaged "you" thought would be possible.

Oh...and also that you must ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS, speak YOUR truth!

Eventually, the right person WILL hear you...

James Costello

 

BlackByrd

Singers/Songwriters

SAMA-winning, all-girl group BlackByrd have always felt strongly about the abuse of women and children.   So they are delighted to be part of the Clicks Group initiative this year, supporting the stand against this scourge of South African society, by participating directly in the 2013 Sixteen Days of Activism campaign.    

Last year, in fact, BlackByrd was selected by SABC 3 to head, musically and visually, the national broadcaster’s campaign for Women’s Month, and subsequently their Sixteen Days of Activism initiative.   This because BlackByrd’s sensitive song ‘All For Me’ (penned by lead vocalist Tarryn Lamb), drew attention to abuse against women and children, and made a huge impact on the women of South Africa. At the time, the SABC reported a massive positive response to the song, because the meaningful lyrics really struck a chord with the women of South Africa, and the overall campaign was a huge success. ‘All For Me’ also went to number one on SA radio stations and actually became the top South African song of the year on the Highveld and Kfm overall year-end charts.

The three members of BlackByrd, Tarryn, Tamsyn and Axene, are proud, and at the same time humbled, that they have been able to contribute in some small way to this uplifting and positive Blow The Whistle campaign.

BlackByrd

 

Kerry McGregor

Model and Mom

Enough is enough and we need voices, plenty of them to make noise! I have beautiful children and I don't want our family or anyone I love to become a statistic!

Kerry McGregor

 

Rob Forbes

5FM Radio Personality

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Rob Forbes

 

Shashi Naidoo

Model Agency Owner

Firstly, Speaking out against crime is part of my responsibility as a South African. The main motivation was a recent incident, where an individual was impersonating me and asking young girls for illicit pictures with the promise of making them models. This affected a lot of girls from the age of 13 to 23, whom some of them are naive and have dreams of being models. When I got to speak to their mothers and them about this ordeal, I realised the extent of exploitation they were exposed to, Blow The Whistle became the perfect medium for me to voice my stand against such criminal behaviour.
 
 

Shashi Naidoo

 

Krynauw Otto

Springbok Rugby Player

Life in the 21st century poses some unique and stressful challenges, and dealing with these stress situations often requires cool and calm reactions, which is a very scarce commodity these days. One cannot overlook the tension generated between men and women and often our children are the ones that suffers most. Our children are our future and we need to protect their environment. Thank you to every man that has held his composure, protected our women, and subsequently ensuring our children grow up in the loving environment they deserve!

Krynauw Otto

 

Jackie Cameron

Chef, Author and Designer

 I love South African men. They are strong, funny and smart. But one thing I can't get my head around is how some of the men in this country do nothing when their friends behave disrespectfully toward women. In no society should this be ok.  By allowing your friends to use the term slut or whore, you are allowing them to take it to the next step. Respect women. They are your mother's and your sisters. 

Jackie Cameron

 

Nicole Fox

Charity Advocate and Mom

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Nicole Fox

 

Roxy Louw

Surfer turn Model

I don't believe that there is enough awareness and knowledge on RAPE. It is estimated that every 26 seconds a woman gets raped in South Africa. I believe that by creating awareness, woman will start realising that RAPE could happen to anyone and thus become more responsive in a situation. Rape is a sad reality, I have a friend that battles with the emotional trauma of being a victim years ago. If she knew more and understood the wrong in the doing, the situation would have been different.

Roxy Louw

 

Jonathan Kaplan

International Rugby Referee

As a responsible South African, I think it is necessary to acknowledge that we have a problem in this realm... and it is a big problem. As a public figure who has represented South Africa on the sports fields abroad, I would be lying if I said that I was proud of everything we as a nation have achieved. With our high crime statistics, we need to all be making some sort of effort to make our country a better place to live. As a male, I am appalled by the high incidence of rape and rape related crime and violence. The education and awareness of a major issue such as this is paramount. I am proud to be a Blow The Whistle ambassador and look forward to working closely with the intitative to help combat this critical issue.

Jonathan Kaplan

 

Adam Bacher

Former Transvaal and Proteas Opening Batsman

Violence and abuse affects women from all kinds of backgrounds every day. Most often women are not attacked by strangers but by people that are close to them. Violence and abuse can cause terrible physical and emotional pain so lets stand together as men and make sure that we protect the women in our society so that they can lead the kind of lives they deserve to.

 

Clive Eksteen

South African Cricketer

Violence against women and children has no place in our society or any society for that matter. We as men are there to care, support, love and protect women and children. Women are the corner stone of any family and society and children are the future. Real men need do everything in their power to eradicate all violence and abuse against women and children. The time is now.

 

Craig Matthews

Former South African Cricketer

We, the men of South Africa, have a responsibility to treat our women and children with love and respect. There is never, ever justification to raise your hand to a woman or child. Never, ever.

 

HD Ackerman

Ex Protea's Cricketer and now Supersport Commentator

Domestic violence is often referred to as women's issues. How much further from the truth can this be. Domestic violence is mans issues. Those who abuse, rape and murder have no place in our communities, that's how strongly I feel about this. A man who wants to establish a harmonious home will give his wife top priority. He will love her, lead her and listen to her.

 

Dave Callaghan

Former South African Cricketer

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Tammy B

Radio Personality, Good Hope FM

It's never easy getting out of an abusive situation whether it be mental, sexual or physical, but don't you think you also are allowed love, happiness and life.  No one is allowed to break your soul, your spirit, so don't allow it. Make a stand. If you can't do it for you, do it for your children.  They don't deserve that life.  We all get a second chance in life.  You are not alone. Use your voice. Blow that whistle.

Tammy B

 

JP Duminy

Proteas Cricket Player

I support the Blow The Whistle Campaign because abuse against women and children is something we need to take a firm stand against. As men of our households, we are responsible for the care and well being of our women and children so let's make a difference.

JP Duminy

 

Scarra Ntubeni

Stormers Rugby Player

I stand up against women and child violence because these two things are the most precious things in my life...I have a mother I care for more than anything in the world and my nephew is the sweetest creation and gift from God, that is why I stand against women and child abuse

Scarra Ntubeni

 

Matthew Booth

Bafana Bafana Soccer Player

Women and children abuse is a major disgrace in South Africa. We as men should be constantly ashamed of the statistics. This form of abuse is a severe form of bullying which should be stamped out!

 

Matthew Booth

 

Joe Pietersen

Stormers and Biarritz Rugby Player

Protecting your children and women, is protecting our future!

Joe Pietersen

 

Duane Vermeulen

Stormers Rugby Player and Springbok

We must all take a stand against women and child violence!

Duane Vermeulen

 

Nkululeko Tshirumbula

Actor

 "If we take care of each other, the path is set. Lead by example, protect those you love."

Nkululeko Tshirumbula

 

Angel Campey

Comedian

 As a comedian, I value freedom of speech above all other qualities. Blow the Whistle allows your voice to be heard. No voice should be muffled. We all deserve the freedom to speak out.

Angel Campey

 

Vic Naidoo

5FM Radio Presenter

As humans, we are governed by our emotions - often there's a shame and stigma that comes with being abused. I think one of the main issues is that victims are afraid to speak out.NO MEANS NO!!! We need to stand up for the weak, and defenceless. Abuse continues to rise, as the human race progresses? clearly this indicates we are not eradicating this issue, and perpetrators are not phased. We can't turn a blind eye - because doing so only perpetuates the pandemic and fear. My mom comes to mind when I interact with women - I ask myself how I would treat my mom if this stranger was my mom - then feelings of love, respect, and protection pour down. Because that is how I would want my mom to be treated.

I grew up in a very matriarchal family - surrounded by strong, and kind women all my life. We need to protect them, because their contribution to society is so important. Women alone have raised some of the greatest leaders, thinkers, and people who make the world a better place.

Children need to be brought up respecting women, and each other. Boys and girls must be  taught to respect themselves, and treated equally. Because when we treat genders differently - we only add to the cycle of abuse.

Vic Naidoo

 

Taxi Violence

Rock Band

Every single day, there are disgusting crimes being committed to women and children in South Africa, and most of us just accept the fact that it happens. We want to make a difference, but don’t quite know where to start. And then we carry on with our lives. But if you stop to think that something could happen to someone you love, you realise how serious this matter is. Being asked to take part in the Marie Claire Naked Issue was our chance to take action and not to continue turning a blind eye on this issue we have in our country.

Taxi Violence

 

Mathew Gold

Singer/songwriter

Purely looking at daily stats, its clear that we must start to do everything possible to implement change in our country!

Mathew Gold

 

Lloyd Cele

Singer

 Its time for real men to stand up, enough talk! If we don't stand up for our country, no one else will!

Lloyd Cele

 

Sandra Rosenberg

Radio Presenter

I endorse the Blow the Whistle campaign because not raising my voice makes me complicit. Domestic violence and child abuse in our communities is a scourge which leaves visible and invisible scars which affects us all. Our children and loved ones need our voices. Speak out and stop the cycle of pain!

Sandra Rosenberg