A Toolkit to Support Rape Survivors

If someone you know has been raped and is going through a challenging time, they will be feeling a range of emotions. You too may be feeling a range of confusing emotions and may be wondering how you can help. 

Some of the common challenges faced by support systems is the ability to handle a survivor in the most sensitive way. Thanks to the counsellors and communications team at Rape Crisis, a toolkit has been created to help you support a rape survivor, whether it’s for a friend, a family member or a colleague.

Rape Crisis has found a need in the online space to communicate with those that can’t necessarily make the commute. For that, there is a 24-hour helpline that is available, with a free callback, as well as counselling services in our Athlone, Khayelitsha and Observatory offices.

By using the Toolkit, you can practise the 7 steps below to ease the challenging process a rape survivor has to go through and this will also empower you as the listener to feel confident in supporting the survivor. These are ways in which you can support a rape survivor.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RapeCrisis

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By Zeenat Hendricks

Communications Co-ordinator for Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust

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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.

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