It’s Sunday and the time has finally arrived for the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust’s annual Stop the Bus Campaign. Following months of planning and preparation, an excited group of volunteers, trainers and counsellors met at 4pm today to put their plans in motion as part of the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children.
First off a media briefing including the importance of making people aware of their rights to access services within the criminal justice system and starting a conversation within communities about the role that alcohol misuse plays in driving the rape rate higher. Rape Crisis as an organisation sees itself as a bridge between the rape survivor, the criminal justice system and the community. Media opportunities will include interviews with local community radio stations and articles in the local newspapers to raise awareness about the campaign and invite local community members to join in.
Everyone proudly donned their purple campaign t-shirts and posed for a group photograph. Spirits were high on the road to Bredasdorp and once we arrived at the guesthouse for the night, a briefing was scheduled to discuss the following day’s events. Everyone had a chance to introduce themselves and get to know each other better while sharing their hopes for the campaign which included making people aware of their rights, helping them access the criminal justice system and ultimately, seeking to empower women.
See our post on the Human Chain in Bredasdorp tomorrow as the campaign begins!
The Stop the Bus Campaign is sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Social Development.