Stop the Bus! Day 6 – Wrap up

Staff members at an abalone farm we visited today. Most of the men we've dealt with have been interested, attentive and inquisitive listeners

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.

Evelynne and Madelein. When Ntuthu speaks even those who don't understand Xhosa are hooked.

We visited the Gansbaai clinic again.

Listeners at the Gansbaai clinic.

Residents of the informal settlement of Blompark.

Abigail at a house visit in Blompark.

Evelynne, Ntuthu, Madelein and Abigail before we went in at the abalone farm.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Stop the Bus! Day 6 – Wrap up

  1. Busy packing for the second week of Stop the Bus, I am sure that it will be just as fruitful and exciting as the first week. Good luck to all the ladies and the driver (Muneeb).

  2. Go Myth Busters! Welcome home Crew:)
    Good Luck to the second Crew leaving tomorrow – I look forward to following your journey.

  3. As the coordinator of this year’s Stop the Bus Campaign, as well as a Rape Crisis member, I would like to say a very big and heartfelt THANK YOU to Team 1. You have worked hard and given it your all. You have touched so many lives in just one week…..I couldn’t be more proud!! I know that you are tired and have missed your families, so rest well and spoil yourselves. Or, better yet, have someone else spoil you rotten. You all deserve it! Enjoy some lovely homecooked food…lol. Once again, thank you to you and your families.
    Love, Liezel

  4. True Community Development from the ground up.. we won’t have it any other way at Rape Crisis Cape Town. Sterkte Sisters!

  5. Such a great ending to the 1st week!!!!!!!! Well done team…We are so proud of you and it is so nice to read that the people had welcomed our team into their communities and that they are open to learn and change even if it is in a small way. Congratulations Bus 1….Love Rifqah.

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