Stop the Bus! Day 2 – Mixed Things

Making our mark at the Gansbaai Clinic.

The second day was overwhelming for most of the newcomers. We worked closely with the Gansbaai and neighbouring Masakhane community. Our visits included the Gansbaai Clinic, police station, petrol stations, abalone farm and Masakhane township. The Gansbaai police station has one of the best trauma rooms in the Western Cape, with certificates of approval adorning its walls. Statistics reveal that the HIV infection rate and teenage pregnancy rate in the area is very high. Both clinic staff and social workers expressed concern about their perception that rape is under reported in the area. Evelynne gave poignant talks and Ntuthu made an excellent job of delivering our message to the Xhosa people. Our experience of the community itself was that it is by and large governed by silence.

As a newcomer I’m still trying to make sense of things and I found myself confused, yet in high spirits. My time in the bus, alone with the team was filled with laughter and good memories. We danced outside the bus as the day came to a close, but fatigue hit us hard as soon as we arrived back at the guest house.

When I got into bed and the first opportunity for tranquillity arrived, I found that moment of silence with myself not tranquil, but uneasy, confused and filled with questions.

Evelynne educating a captive audience about trauma procedure.

Food for thought to community members.

The Masakhane community welcomed us into their homes.

Sizwe translating English to Xhosa during a session with a community member.

We gave out a lot of educational pamphlets at the clinic.

Evelynne talking to the Atlantic Abalone factory workers.

The factory workers listened intently.

Ntuthu with the Badisa community support group.

Ntuthu provided us with a lot of humour.

Evelynne and Lavona in the Masakhane township.

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We have a vision of a South Africa in which rape survivors suffer no secondary trauma, and are supported throughout their interaction with the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Our mission is to promote an end to violence against women, specifically rape, and to assist women to achieve their right to live free from violence. Rape Crisis Cape Town seeks to achieve its mission through counselling and training of women, thereby reducing the trauma experienced by rape survivors, and encouraging reporting of rape and the conviction of rapists.

5 thoughts on “Stop the Bus! Day 2 – Mixed Things

  1. Thank you for sharing the trip with us – the pictures and editorial have vividly brought the story of your trip to life – what great work you are doing there – you are all angels! Love Lizzy

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  3. What a day – and so beautifully captured. Evelynne it looks as though you have a big job on your hands and as usual you”re handling it with poise. Nthuthu also doing a sterling job and all the others playing there part in a community governed by silence. I love your photographs Retha.
    Love, Kath

  4. Wow. What a beautiful piece of writing. You really captured the unease that you felt and the photographs were beautiful. Can’t wait to read more.

    Remember, when your spirits are low, that you are not alone. And that help is there, you just have to ask.

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