It’s been a busy first quarter, not only making progress towards our programme targets but also building the strength of our organisation and forging better links with outside stakeholders. We have a vision of a South Africa where rape survivors are supported in their homes, by their communities and within the criminal justice system. We’re making it real.
Kholeka Booi talks to a school social worker in Khayelitsha about our peer education programme that addresses sexual violence and promotes safety in schools.
Learners from Intlanganisa High School get to hear about what rape culture means as part of our peer education programme.
At Khayelitsha Mall members of the Rape Survivors Justice Campaign speak to people about the need for specialised sexual offences courts.
Our General Meeting is a space for staff, volunteers and Trustees to come together to talk about the wellbeing of the organisation and strengthen our internal bonds.
One of our donor partners, NACOSA, has organised an evaluation of the work we do supporting rape survivors undergoing a forensic examination at Thuthuzela Care Centres.
Speaking her truth our director Kathleen Dey writes a chapter on feminism in practice that describes how feminism is lived in Rape Crisis today.
Attending the German Embassy reception at the opening of Parliament earlier this year with thanks to our partners from Oxfam Germany.
Making plans for joint advocacy with members of the Shukumisa Coalition's Law and Policy Strengthening Task Team.
Xhosa speaking staff and volunteers review the content of our You and Rape booklet as a self-help guide empowering survivors.
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 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.