Help fight violence against women by giving your Mandela Day minutes to rape survivors

Last year was great, let’s make this year even better!

Rape Crisis counsellors offer 24 hour support to rape survivors undergoing a forensic examination in the hours immediately after rape. They treat each case with the utmost seriousness. They give clear information about what will happen next. They allow the rape survivor to make her or his own decisions and then support those decisions and offer emotional support throughout the process. They make sure the person has access to justice and knows what is required of them step by step throughout the journey.

Medical personnel offer treatment to prevent HIV infection, to prevent other sexually transmitted infections and in the case of women, to prevent pregnancy. A detective from a specialist unit takes a full statement.

This is a difficult ordeal to go through immediately after rape. You can imagine how desperate survivors are to have a shower as soon as all these procedures have been completed. That’s why we give each one of them a care pack containing toiletries, a change of underwear and other personal items.  These items are contained in a beautiful bag sewn by rape survivors in our sewing project. As one rape survivor said: “I felt so comforted by the toiletries and I am amazed that someone took the time to create such a beautiful bag just for me.”

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On Saturday 15 July we need your help to put these care packs together.  The contents of the packs are all ready and the bags we pack them into have been hand made by our Change a Life sewing project, a group of rape survivors striving for economic empowerment.  We need your help to pack 1 300 bags for women, men, girls and boys. What better way could there be to celebrate the spirit of Mandela Day than by giving your 67 minutes to support rape survivors?

On the day a rape survivor will be telling her story, our director, Kathleen Dey will be talking about the work of Rape Crisis and there’ll be a crafting space where you can make something special to put inside a care pack. Some people make cards while others knit or crochet small hearts to go into the packs.

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Please will you diarise now:

Date:  Saturday 15 July 2017
Time:  10.00am to 15.00pm
Venue:  Rosebank Methodist Church Hall, 2 Chapel Road, Rosebank
(Click here for map to venue) 

Please sign up by clicking here now to let us know that you will be joining us on the day.

Tickets will be sold at the door for R67 each. If you can’t make it, you could sponsor a care pack instead, by clicking here now. Every gesture of support counts in surviving rape. Each care pack costs us R120 to make up. Please use the reference #RCMandelaDay.

Refreshments will be on sale over the course of the day. Please click here if you have a food stall and would like to register to be a vendor on the day or phone Zeenat Hendricks on 021 447 1467.

Thank you for making Mandela Day meaningful by helping to fight violence against women.

Wear your heart on your sleeve this Christmas

By Kathleen Dey

There could be no time more opportune than this for supporting an organisation like the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust with the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women and the giving season coming together at the end of the year.

 

Our Vision and Mission

Rape Crisis has a vision of a South African Criminal Justice System that supports rape survivors in all of their interactions with it.  It is our mission to act as a bridge between the survivor and the system until such time as that vision becomes a reality.  Our counselling, training and advocacy programmes are designed to work in a coordinated fashion to ensure that we:

  • Increase the reporting of rape through support to survivors in communities
  • Increase the conviction rate of rapists through support to rape survivors at courts and health facilities and through law reform
  • Reducing secondary trauma to rape victims in the system through training with personnel within the system

We do this with the aim of reducing the number of rape incidents in South Africa.

 

Our Projects

Our projects include a Speak Out project for rape survivors wanting to speak publicly about their experiences as a way of challenging rapists, the Stop the Bus Campaign that takes our work out to rural areas during the 16 Days of Activism, the Birds and the Bees Youth Camp for peer educators working to raise awareness in schools and the Road to Justice Campaign that lobbies for Victim Empowerment Legislation to be enacted.

 

How you can support us

Like many South African NGOs Rape Crisis needs funds to sustain its valuable work.  We would like to appeal to companies and individuals to support us in one of the following ways:

  1. We are currently seeking bridging funds to make up a shortfall in this financial year of less than one month’s operating costs and any contribution would be welcome from potential donors as a form of social investment in our project work.  To donate contact Kathleen Dey, the Director, on kath@rapecrisis.org.za
  2. Individuals can contribute by joining the 1000 Hearts Campaign on our website at http://rapecrisis.org.za/support-us/1000-hearts/ and giving a heart as a gift this Christmas.  Each heart costs R100 a month, repeat payments can be set up online using a credit card and a heart in our online display will be named after the person of your choice.
  3. Rape Crisis is currently in the product development stage of our Safe Space Corporate Training and Consulting offering consultation on company sexual harassment policy development, training of managers in running disciplinary proceedings, training of HR departments in how to support victims or complainants, wellness days for employees and assistance to employees through individual counselling.  If your company is interested in any of these services then contact Shafieka Moos at shafieka@rapecrisis.org.za  for more information.  We’ll be launching our Safe Space Training and Consultation services early in 2012.

 

Stay in touch and get involved

To sign up for our quarterly newsletter email newsletter@rapecrisis.org.za and we will send you the latest news about our work, trends in the sector and ways you can get involved as a volunteer in our projects.  We offer training in counselling, court support, public speaking and workshop facilitation

 

to community based volunteers from all walks of life.  All of our direct services are offered by these skilled and dedicated volunteers.

 

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.

Mother Teresa