Can you help someone recover from the trauma of rape? Yes you can.

In order to help a rape survivor recover from their experience with sexual violence, there’s much rebuilding to do. And slowly, a survivor receives the tools and information about choices that will restore personal power and resilience, and lead on to healing.

Who will take this journey with her from the time of the incident, to the police station, to the forensic examination and, if she chooses, to court? It will be a counsellor who has been specifically trained in how to hold her pain.

Barbara Williams, Counselling Coordinator

Barbara Williams, Counselling Coordinator. (Photo: Alexa Sedge)

You can decide to be that counsellor who makes that journey with the survivor. Or you can make it possible for someone else to be that counsellor.

The counselling training programme comes at a price and it’s here that we need your support, because many more counsellors are needed. Your contribution will not only grow the survivor, it will grow the family, the neighbourhood, the community and the country.

With much gratitude,

Barbara Williams
Counselling Coordinator, Athlone

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Congratulations to our new counsellors

By Shiralee Mc Donald (Counselling Coordinator, Observatory)

Graduation of Observatory’s newly trained counsellors.

Saturday February 4th saw the graduation of seven volunteer counsellors for the Observatory Counselling Service, four newly recruited and trained Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) counsellors and four counsellors recruited from our volunteer body trained in child trauma counselling.  It was a lovely informal affair with Nazma Hendricks (Operations Manager) handing out certificates to the volunteer counsellors.  We were fortunate to have Wonique Dreyer who trained and supervises the TCC counsellors handing out certificates to the TCC counsellors.  Samantha Harris and her twins kept us entertained and officially welcomed everyone into the focus group.

Graduation

New Volunteers

Certificate handover

Certificate handover

For more pictures please go to our Facebook Group here.