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"IT IS NEVER YOUR FAULT"​ The Justice Desk's '16 Voices in 16 Day Campaign'​

We are proud to introduce our second voice in our “16 Voices in 16 Days” Campaign against gender-based violence!

Craig Lucas, South African singer, songwriter, and winner of The Voice SA Season 2 - joined The Justice Desk in 2019 as our first-ever Global Goodwill Ambassador. Since then, he has been using his platform to promote and support the work of TJD. This year Craig has dedicated his time and energy volunteering as a lead mentor in our Ntsika yeThemba project. He has had such an incredible impact on our boys as well as our project as a whole.

The Justice Desk believes in the power of the everyday person, especially in their ability to create lasting, impactful and effective change in their communities! Through this campaign, we hope to both raise awareness to #GBV, but also to unite and inspire others in order to take action within their own spaces. Ending GBV is not the fight of some, but of us all!

Let us never forget to recognise the incredible power that we as South Africans have, when we come together, to make a change. By amplifying these 16 remarkable changemakers, we hope to inspire YOU in contributing YOUR own thoughts and voice, as we unite in solidarity in the important fight against gender-based violence.

"I know how hard it is growing up without a father. This is why being a mentor at The Justice Desk’s Ntsika yeThemba project for boys without positive role models means so much to me - I can help mentor these young boys and help them to grow into the amazing men that they all have the potential to become. It is so important that they are being taught to understand and challenge gender-based violence at its root causes - it is an ongoing fight and we have made them aware of that.

For me, 16 Days of Activism is all about raising awareness but also inspiring others to take a stand against GBV. For these 16 Days, and as one of the 16 Voices of TJD, I am pleading to all my male friends and family members to call out those who are perpetuating our ongoing gender-based violence crisis and rape culture. I also would like to state that anyone who has been the victim of any kind of abuse, I hope you are able to receive the help and support you need and know that it’s NEVER your fault and you DID NOT deserve it."

Craig Lucas

South African singer and TJD Goodwill Ambassador

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