“We Have Not Verified Rape Incidents In Bulawayo”, Says WOZA

Bulawayo based Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) founder and activist, Jennifer Williams said on Friday 26 January that her organisation was yet to verify incidents of rape in Bulawayo.

There have been several reports that the military and police have sexually abused women, including raping them, during the crackdown on Zimbabweans that started on 14 January 2019.

Some video recordings of unidentified victims who have said they were raped have also been posted online.

Williams, however, tweeted yesterday that her organisation is yet to verify rape incidents in Bulawayo:

Rape has no place in our society and I would be first to shout about it but I prefer to see for myself the victim so I can also give practical support. So far since yesterday we have not verified rape incidents in Bulawayo

Williams explained further how they offer practical help:

Once WOZA identifies violation we 1st try to provide practical help 2nd facilitate any relevant specialist help. 3rd ask victims to tell their story n link to journos. We do not receive grants for this work we do unto others as has been done for us

Williams also agreed to some views: “verification of these abuses should be done and victims encouraged to report to victim friendly organisations who should then help report and pressure the gvt to act on the perpetrators, reporting to the foreign press/gvts first only trivialises the matter and smacks of hypocrisy.”

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