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WATCH: AKA -- It Should Be 365 Days Of Activism, Not Just 16

Otherwise the scourge of gender-based violence will not end.

27/11/2017 09:14 SAST | Updated 28/11/2017 10:14 SAST
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Hip-hop superstar AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes, sat down with HuffPost SA to give his views on the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

Forbes, who has a daughter, says the activism should be a year-long thing, otherwise the scourge of gender-based violence will not end.

Meanwhile, if you or someone you know are in an abusive situation, it is recommended that you contact your nearest police station. However, as this is not always possible, here are a few places that are a phone call away that can offer some help:

1. LifeLine South Africa: 0861 322 322. The organisation offers free counselling.

2. Stop Gender Violence helpline: 0800 150 150. Free telephonic counselling, information and referrals are available.

3. People Opposed to Woman Abuse (Powa): 011 642 4345/6. Free counselling and even short-term sheltering.

READ: Want To Fight Gender-Based Violence? Start With Young Boys

And if you are an abuser or suspect you might be and you need help, here are some organizations that specifically offer men help:

  1. MEDSA: also runs a programme that "assists perpetrators through the process of change". You can contact them on 011 316 0058.
  2. NICRO: offers help in the form of counselling, psychotherapy, community reintegration for men who have committed various acts of violence. You can contact them on 021 462 0017.
  3. Grace Bible Church: has recently launched a restorative programme, with the primary intention of helping particularly men who are abusers and or have abused - but who want to change. You can contact their office on 011 983 5700.
  4. Adapt: Has a men's programme that "aims to end men's violent and aggressive behaviour towards women". You can contact them on 011 440 4047/5615.