How to Safeguard the Safety, Dignity and Equality of Students on Campuses in South Africa

Sunday, April 17, 2016, saw the Queer Confessions, Questions and Crushes — a group of activists at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa — making public the names of 11 male students who were alleged to have committed rapes against fellow students on campus. The list, published on the group's Facebook page, quickly went viral under #RUReferenceList.

Subsequently, student activists rounded up some of the men named on the list and forcefully detained them to try and compel the university management to take action. The students chose to take this seemingly extreme step because they — and other students on campus — felt that their university was not doing enough about the sexual violence occurring on campus. The protesters disrupted classes with gatherings on campus, had bare-breasted demonstrations and even clashed with police.

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Photo Credit: Hampate Ba school