Rape Crisis has a dream of a world where women feel safe and are free from sexual violence – a world in fact where everyone is of free from rape.
This year you helped us train the volunteer counsellors who are there to offer support and empowerment to anyone traumatised by rape. You helped us pack care packs for rape survivors at our annual Mandela Day event. During the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women you stood with us as our Rape Survivors’ Justice Campaign demanded specialised Sexual Offences Courts outside Athlone and Khayelitsha courts in an effort to get government to roll these courts out across the country as promised.
Because of you rape survivors and their closest supporters can call our helpline at any time of the day or night. Because of you they can come for counselling sessions that help them understand their trauma and find ways of coping.
By the time they leave Rape Crisis so many of them are free of their traumatic feelings. While they will surely relive this trauma at certain times they are free of their day to day distress. Many of them leave here feeling closer to people in relationships, with an appreciation of the simpler things in life, a greater sense of purpose and willing to try new things again.
For this if nothing else you made 2016 a good year for us and we thank you for it.