Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says he is worried about young girls getting involved with much older men on the Cape Flats.

He was speaking at an event in Hanover Park on Wednesday night aimed at raising awareness about the 16 Days of No Violence campaign.

Residents gathered in Athwood Road to take a stand and speak out against violence against women and children.

People were also informed on how victims and community organisations can report abuse and take perpetrators to task.

Plato said he is concerned about the increasing levels of violence between partners.

“We had various speakers here to reach out to the community and victims and hope by sharing their stories, victims of abuse can start seeing they are not alone and what they need to do,” the MEC said.

“In the domestic violence cases, we are seeing a worrying trend of more and more young girls who are getting into relationships with men who are much older than them and so we want to motivate them.

“We are also focusing on our young men and trying to equip them to be good men who look after women and children in their community.”

Philippi Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson, Ebrahim Abrahams, called on residents to take a stand against violence by joining the neighbourhood watches.

“If we are serious we must get up and get involved. I encourage the community to stand up and join the neighbourhood watches and to speak up.”

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