- A young man issued a challenge to other males via social media in the aftermath of the recent gender-based violence
- Through an inspirational video clip, he dared men to apologise to women and to protect them
- The post struck a chord as it went viral with hundreds of likes and comments
A Cape Town man is making a huge impact through the challenge he issued to all men via social media.
Julian O’Reilly took to Facebook and shared a powerful video clip which struck a chord with many South Africans.
In it, he apologised to women for the gender-based violence that has rocked the nation and also challenged other men to follow suit.
The video starts with Julian holding a series of placards, each touching on the issues affecting females and calling on men to intervene.
Julian’s use of emotive and eye-catching statements contributed to the strong impact as he rallied men by saying ‘enough is enough’ and ‘let us protect’.
Julian added the comment: “I really want men around the world the stand up for women, please guys help me achieve this goal.”
Briefly.co.za observed the overwhelming impact the video had as nearly 1 000 people liked the post. More than 200 positive comments were left, with many being left in tears.
Salomi Immelman commented, “Thank you for being a real man you are 1 in a million.”
Sophy Otarel Mongake added, “If only our President showed 10% of your emotion... we would be hopeful, but thank you, you are an amazing man.”
Kennosi Rakosa said, “I forgive you. Let those who have ears hear and let those who have eyes see this.”
Hannalie DeWet commented, “I’m in tears. This is the most beautiful gesture. Your mother must be so proud of you. Thank you for being a true man.”
Daniella Hirsch responded, “I’m sorry too. I’m sorry that there are men out there that turn you into monsters. When you’re not monsters at all. Your heart is breaking as much as ours over the needless loss and pain of beautiful women who never deserved it. We’re in this together. When you have the courage to stand up for what is right - for your wives, partners, sisters, daughters, friends, colleagues - you’re not our monsters, you’re our heroes.”
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