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African Female

East Africa

How do we condemn [someone accused of sexual assault] just because somebody came forward and said “Oh, I was sexually assaulted”? Like, do you do different investigations? Do we give more voice to the person…

So that’s the thing, we are feeling so detached. I think, I think that I’m the only person from East Africa here, right? I haven’t met anybody else. If I go into class and I…

Facilitator – [overlapping] Thank you so much for that. That was actually wonderful, like, the part where you said it, there’s a language barrier, to bring in someone, you know, who can be, like, the…

[If my friend was sexually assaulted], I would calm her down. I would tell her that everything will be fine. Just to console her and give her encouragement. I mean, I wouldn’t obviously force her…

[If someone from our region experiences sexual assault], try to listen to them. I think it’s very important to listen to the situation and not just judge it, you know, as it is. Listen to…

Participant 1: It’s just that we are used to sexual assault. We don’t really talk about it back home, right? Participant 2: Right, like it happens but it’s not something that is talked about that…

Participant 1: Talking with someone who can relate with this stuff would be helpful […] so they won’t misunderstand what you’re saying. They will understand your context and it is easy for them to give…

To understand somebody [who has experienced sexual assault] and to be able to communicate with someone, you have to choose your words carefully. You have to choose your thoughts, cause thoughts leads to words, and…

Facilitator: Yeah, cause like, in Africa, if it happens, then it was your fault. Most times in Africa, they tell you [the person] raped you because, “I told you not to wear that short skirt.”…

If you, if you try to harass people or assault people, there are repercussions. There’s a punishment for that, there’s a price to pay. So – but when there’s no price, people can do whatever…