Last year DJ Fresh alongside other big names like Robert Marawa and Matthew Booth became part of the No Excuse campaign that seeks to end abuse against women and children in our society. According to DRUM, Fresh had said how joining the movement was a personal thing for him because of his history.
"It was a personal thing for me. I have been married for 15 years and the first three years of my marriage was tricky. My wife and I fought a lot about nothing"
Fresh said while the fights never got physical, he's learned that verbal abuse is just as valid.
“At times we think just because we didn’t beat her up, we are not abusers. Sometimes even a loaded statement cuts deeper.”
Yesterday Fresh posted a video of himself, pledging 16 Seconds of Silence for those we've lost to GBV in conjunction with Black Label SA and some fans were a tad confused because they felt alcohol usually leads up to/plays a key role in women being abused.
At the launch of the campaign last year Matthew Booth had said “We can’t keep blaming alcohol for everything, and for every act of abuse against women" which is precisely the message some Fresh fans seem to be missing. It may be a catalyst, but it is not the cause. We commend Fresh for taking a stand against GBV and we hope he continues to do so, and spread this message far and wide.
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