Because, on February 2, 17-year-old Anene Booysen was gang-raped, mutilated and left for dead. Because she lived long enough to identify one of her attackers, a young man considered one of the family. Because the singular brutality of this crime has provoked the nation into outrage.
Because that outrage will only last so long until we move on to the next distraction. Because this is a chance to turn that outrage into something meaningful and useful. Because the most useful thing for a lot of us to do would be to channel resources into NGOs that assist rape survivors and fight for justice for them. Because NGOs have been battling for funds and while money isn’t everything (somebody somewhere is always asking for money) here, now, directed to organizations that need it to make a difference it can help, a lot.
Because I’ve raised funds for Lawyers Against Abuse before, and I believe in the work they do. Because they ensure justice for little girls who get raped by their teachers, and mothers beaten senseless by boyfriends, and students gang-raped by friends. Because they take the guarantees of our fine constitution seriously, and turn them into more than words. Because, with more money to pay for the specialist services of a full time attorney in addition to relying on pro bono work by law firms, they can take on more cases.
Because I’m not sure how useful I can be, but I can create things, things which others may find beautiful and moving enough to want to own. Because I can do this, and doing something is better than doing nothing.