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NICRO Responds to Crime Stats indicating South Africans are Under Siege

The recent release of the crime statistics report, which details crime levels in South Africa between April 1, 2016 and March 31 this year, has once again solicited mixed reactions from Government, political parties and civil society.

The Making of a Criminal: Part 2

We are delighted to invite you to participate in our exciting events we are hosting at the Artscape Theatre from 28 to 30 September.

Confessions of a Shoplifter

I started shoplifting when I was six years old.

Racism is treating someone unfairly simply because they belong to a different race or culture. It is illegal to treat people differently because of their race and no one has the right to make you feel bad or abuse you.

 

What is racism?

Racism is when someone is treated differently or unfairly just because of their race or culture.

People can also experience prejudice because of their religion or nationality, for example, calling a Muslim person a terrorist. This is wrong and untrue.

It is illegal to treat people differently or unfairly because of their race and nobody has the right to make you feel bad or abuse you.

 

Racism can include: 

  • written or verbal threats or insults
  • damage to property, including graffiti
  • personal attacks, including violence

Why are some people racist?

Someone who's a racist can feel threatened by anyone who's from a different race or culture.

Our views and beliefs develop as we grow up. If you grow up within a racist family, or have friends who are racist, you may believe that racism is normal and acceptable.

Prejudice of any kind is often based on ignorance and fear of things that are different. Don't dislike what you don't know. Find out more by reading, learning about things online, talking to people who might have a different perspective to you and getting lots of different views before you make up your mind.

Imagine being someone else and what this would be like. Think about how you'd like to be treated.

Being bullied or treated differently can be hard. It might seem easier to avoid situations where the racist abuse might happen, like not going to school. This usually won't help it go away. And it can make you feel worse.

 

Things you can try to help stop the bullying:

  • Accept that it's not your fault - It can be tough if you're having a hard time, but remember you're not the one to have caused the problem.
  • Tell someone what's happening to you - This could be a close friend or an adult you trust.
  • Keep some evidence - This could be a diary of events, saved messages and a record of when things happen. This can be useful to show others that you need help.
  • Keep yourself safe - You could walk home with someone you trust, change privacy settings online and block users who bully you. 

 

Young people have told us:

''I get called a terrorist because I'm from Pakistan. It makes me feel bad.''

''Boys at school call me horrible names because I look different to them.''

''They told me to go back to where I came from. I don't know what to do.''

 

Whatever you're going through, you can talk to someone. Don't hesitate to contact NICRO whenever you or a loved one needs help.