Our last day was spent giving talks at factories and a door to door in the informal settlement of Blompark. It has been amazing to see how willing people are to become informed and empowered. Most of the people we interacted with during this trip have been very interested in what we had to say. It is clear that people have many questions surrounding sexual violence. Misconceptions are common, but it seemed like our endeavours have been productive in reducing and exposing some of those myths. The most common myth is a simply completely illogical. The idea that some women are looking for rape because of the way they dress etc. simply does not make sense, as the definition of rape entails that the victim did not want it. Evelynne had to point this out on several occasions during our trip, most of the times there were several heads that nodded when she exposed the fallacy.
It has been a rewarding and informative experience for both community participants and Rape Crisis team members. I will definitely remember this trip as a transforming experience. Making a difference on the ground felt spectacular and I truly believe there should be more initiatives like this in our country.