Gender-based violence groups explain why they can't weigh in on Babes Wodumo's alleged assault

"If we force women to take action we become patriarchy’s foot soldiers: 'why didn’t she leave?', 'why didn’t she go to the cops?', 'why does she keep on going back?'.

Feminism teaches us about power and how disempowering intimate relationships can be. We are the ones who should be explaining the whys," she said.

  "It is commendable that she took the first step and recorded the abuse. She should be applauded for that," Ndashe said.

  Women & Men Against Child Abuse agreed. "A woman who has been assaulted must go to the police and lay a charge – not of domestic violence, but of assault with intent [to cause grievous bodily harm].

"The police must open a case, offer to take the woman for a J88 medical examination, and in severe cases take her to a place of safety (if she doesn’t have family to stay with).

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