From Women’s Day, 8 March, the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust is calling on all people living in South Africa to support rape survivors who speak out. Speaking out can take various forms: a private disclosure to loved ones, speaking to a counsellor, reporting the rape to officials or speaking out publicly. The aim of the campaign is to break the silence in order to challenge our high rape rates.
This month we are launching a series of powerful portraits of rape survivors who bravely came forward to pose for Don’t Hide, Speak Out. The offer to take these portraits came from international photographer Sandro Baebler who did this without charging the organisation. He also managed to get a team of seven other companies and individuals to support the campaign with studio time, makeup, design and printing as well as transport costs for all the participants.
One survivor said, “I wanted to be part of this campaign because it is important to put a face to the statistics. It’s not just numbers, its real people.” Rape Crisis Director Kathleen Dey says, “We believe that everyone can be an activist and challenge the unacceptably high rate of rape in our country. These women and one man stand up beside Anene and Reeva and all the nameless, faceless others that never get heard.”
As few as one in thirteen adults report rape in South Africa. This is largely because of the harmful myths that exist in our society about who rapes and who gets raped that lead to victim blaming and act as a barrier to reporting.
You can be a part of the change by giving yourself a voice, or by supporting the voices of survivors in any of the following ways:
- Share this campaign by following our Facebook page and sharing the campaign posts in your networks
- Come forward for counselling or court support by calling our 24 hour helpline on (021) 447-9762
- Inform yourself about how to support a rape survivor who shares with you by visiting our website on www.rapecrisis.org.za
- Become a volunteer counsellor or court supporter at Rape Crisis by emailing Nazma Hendricks at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join our Speak Out Project if you are a survivor by emailing Joyce Doni at email@example.com
- Donate to Rape Crisis by following the link 1kh.org or emailing Kathleen Dey at firstname.lastname@example.org