Rape documentary premieres

HARARE - Film director Collen Magobeya has launched a documentary on sexual violence against women and children.

The touching documentary, titled Tears From Inside, focuses on experiences of rape victims before, during and after the sexual violence.

Tears From Inside premiered at the Book Café on Tuesday in front of a full house that included several musicians and theatre practitioners.

According to Magobeya, putting together the documentary proved to be a nerve-wracking experience.

“The objective behind the documentary is to prod stakeholders, government and non-governmental players to address the plight of women and children,” he said.

The documentary focuses on three victims of sexual violence who were raped under different circumstances.

One of the victims got raped while hiking for transport with the other two being sexually violated by trusted people — a fellow church member and a close family member.

It also explores the issue of stigmatisation by society and the family unit which leads to the subsequent fear of reporting the cases.

The film director added that the documentary also brings under spotlight the reporting process and the various chains of rape cases as well as the organisations that help the victims.

Apart from prominent musicians and theatre practitioners, the Tears From Inside premiere was graced by members of the civil society who included Musasa Project as well as the ZRP Victim Friendly Unit.

Jessie Majome, the MDC Member of Parliament for Harare West, who was the guest of honour at the event, appealed to all present to stop victimising women and children.

“It is disheartening to see that a human being derives pleasure from hurting another person. Rape must stop,” said Majome.

“How can people start considering factors of how a victim was dressed, where she was, what she was doing there, what a time she was there?

“Is that justification for violating another person? Is there a standard for rape? When sex is not consented it is wrong and everyone should value another’s dignity.”

The Harare West MP revealed that only 40 percent of rape cases are reported due to stigmatisation.

“It does not matter the marital status of a person, or what they do for a living; no one deserves to be raped,” she said.

The colourful event included poetry performances by Linda Gabriel and Wadzanai Chiuriri as well as music by rising musician Rudo Chasi who composed the official Tears from Inside sound track.

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