Actors take a stand

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

Tuesday, October 16, 2012    

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THE rape of five females in St James last month continues to draw outrage.

The latest support for the victims comes from a group of young actors through a YouTube video entitled Jamaica Anti-Rape Campaign.

Directed by Danar Royal, it was released last week and features Kadeem Wilson and Kevoy Burton from the movie Ghett A Life, Akeem Mignott, Randy McLaren, Melbourne Douglas, Courtney Walsh Jr, Orlando Lawrence, and David Crosgill.

Royal says the incident, which took place in the rural community of Irwin Point, touched him immensely.

"Three-quarters of my family are female and I just thought to myself how I would feel if someone close to me was raped or assaulted," he said.

"They say repetition is the art of learning so it was my main aim to have this video played in the minds of every man, woman and child."

Once he came up with the idea for the video, Royal said getting the actors was easy.

"They are part of a group I like to call the Artistik Kreationz which main aim is change; changing the way things are, how people think and how things are done in this country," Royal explained.

Royal also commended theatre stalwarts Cecile Burrowes and Aston Cooke who supported the project.

Since the video was posted, Royal says the response to the cause has been tremendous.

The 24-year-old Royal is a member of the Jamaica Youth Theatre and founder of Artistik Kreationz.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the Irwin Point incident which inspired a song by a group named Artistes Against Rape and an islandwide citizens protest.



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