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Teens taught to protect themselves from rape
<p>Ndivhuwo Musetha</p>
March 29, 2013

THOHOYANDOU. – During a recent school visit, officers from the Mutale Police Station advised learners at the Matavhela Secondary School in Mutale on how to protect themselves against rape.

Constable Mashudu Mukwevho advised the learners not to fighting their attackers. “The majority of women who were killed after or during a rape attack tried to fight their attackers,” said Mukwevho. “If a person tries to rape you, don’t fight. Obey everything your attacker says while observing him so that you can be able to describe your attacker to the police.”

Mukwevho also advise teachers not to send pupils back home alone for whatever reason as it puts them at the risk of being attacked.

“If there is anything that you want the learner to collect from home, please allow her or him to wait until after school so that she/he can go with others after school.

“If it is an urgent matter that forces you to send the child home, please call me so that I can come and take the child home in a police van so that they can be safe,” said Mukwevho.

Mukwevho said pupils should avoid dangerous situations where they may be at risk of being raped, for instance walking alone in secluded places.

If they are attacked, he advised them to report the matter to their educators, parents and police immediately so that they can get help.

“It is important that you report any rape attack as soon as possible so that you can get help.  If you report the attack immediately, nurses and doctors are able to give you medications that will protect you from HIV infection.

“It is also important to report any attempt that you think might lead to rape,” said Mukwevho.

Ndivhuwo Musetha is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from the Thohoyandou, in the Vhembe health district in Limpopo.