Lebo Mashile: Social oppression is just one of the deficiencies of the persecuted that must be remedied

Lebo Mashile: Social oppression is just one of the deficiencies of the persecuted that must be remedied

World-renowned poet and actress Lebo Mashile took to social media with some advice for victims of gender-based violence (GBV) looking to return forward with their stories.

Lebo Mashile: Social oppression is just one of the deficiencies of the persecuted that must be remedied

In a Twitter thread, the Flying Above the Skywriter started off with a reminder to fans that GBV may be a delicate subject, but people are uninterested in living in fear.

Lebo went on to notice how in recent years, more and more victims are coming forward with their experiences on social media.

“This marks a change in our culture. We’re moving towards creating a society where victims are believed. However, please remember the legal implications of naming someone as a perpetrator. this might cause further trauma. confirm you aren’t inadvertently breaking the law,” she tweeted.

She also shared advice on ways to avoid ‘naming and shaming’ perpetrators while still having your voice heard.

“There are ways in which survivors can share their stories, build solidarity, and expand these important conversations online. pertaining to the perpetrator as ‘colleague’, ‘friend’, ‘ex’, or ‘stranger’ or employing a pseudonym can protect you from being sued or facing action,” Lebo said.

The Hotel Rwanda star also offered solutions to the scrouge of violence against women, saying that it starts with a change in culture or shift in society’s views.

“We got to create a culture where victims are given support at multiple levels. If you or someone you recognize has experienced #GBV, attend the police headquarters or shelter as soon as possible immediately after the act. this provides you the simplest chance of building a case,” she said.

Check out the thread below:

This isn’t the primary Lebo has been vocal about her opinions on gender inequality in society. Twitter saw the increase of the #I was movement, where women across the African continent opened their experiences with sexual violence. Lebo joined within the conversation, citing heinous samples of male privilege.

“Male privilege is keeping silent while women post-rape threads year after year. Male privilege is looking demands for accountability ‘male-bashing’. Male privilege is expecting the conversation of Twitter to vary from gender to something else before you participate,” Lebo tweeted.

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