CRIMON, the student society of criminology and victimology at Monash South Africa, was established to empower criminology students and give them practical experience.
We aim to give back to the community by providing education and information on human rights, and the rights of victims, offenders and children.
2011 was an incredibly successful year for us. Two of our projects in particular were very well supported by volunteers and the Monash community. Both SlutWalk and the Handbag Project support victims of rape, and aim to raise awareness around rape and violence against women being a very real threat to South African women - crimes that reportedly take place here every 17 seconds.
CRIMON was heavily involved in the Johannesburg SlutWalk, held on 24 September 2011. Slutwalk is an organisation united behind the simple idea that there is never an excuse for rape. Additionally the walk aims to raise awareness about rape and the act of victim blaming.
Our participation in the walk included on-campus advertising, raising issues for discussion, encouraging students and staff to join the walk, and using the student managed MUSA Journals blog to drum up participation. Monash student and aspiring journalist Marita Lidonde, using the blog, reported on the success of the event and published some of our photos.
Jes Foord Foundation Handbag Project
Since the start of Semester two 2011, CRIMON has been collecting handbags, toiletries and any other donations for the Jes Foord Foundation (JFF).
21 year-old Jessica Foord became a heroine to many in South Africa when she established JFF following her traumatic rape by four men. Jessica's story is both moving and inspirational. Her courage and strength of purpose in the face of an horrific crime has resulted, in her case at least, in something truly good coming out of something very bad.
The Monash Handbag Project was initiated to assist rape survivors and give them practical as well as emotional support.
Our plans for 2012
In 2012 CRIMON will again advertise and take part in the Johannesburg SlutWalk held in September, and support various other projects involving the community.
President and graduate liaison officer - Lionel Abrahams
Vice-president - John Whitehead
Treasurer - Basetsana Tladi
Secretary and student representative - Lionel Abrahams
Publicity officer - Morgan Laverick
Community engagement office - Quintin Haywood
Student representatives - John Whitehead
Want to get involved?
For more information and details about how to become part of the team please visit us at the Alan Finkel Volunteer Space, and keep up to date by visiting our blog - CRIMON find us on facebook or send us an email.