The Road to Justice
Rape survivors are supported within the Criminal Justice System (CJS), experience reduced secondary trauma and offer effective testimony in the rape trial so that conviction rates for rape increase. Activities includes training for volunteers at local police stations, a 24 hour helpline giving people advice on how to access the justice system, psychological first aid to rape survivors at forensic health units and support to survivors and other witnesses testifying in court.
The Road to Recovery
Rape survivors are supported in their communities, the symptoms of trauma they experience after rape are reduced and they also feel a sense of increase personal growth. In this way social capital is restored through women’s empowerment. Activities include a telephone counselling service, face-to-face counselling and support groups for rape survivors and their families.
Call our crisis line to speak to a counsellor 24/7 or to book
a free counselling appointment: (021)447-9762
Communities are active in promoting safety by challenging high rates of rape and in addressing gaps in legislation and the poor implementation of laws in South Africa. Activities include community education, social mobilisation, peer education programmes for school learners, coalition building to advance national advocacy campaigns and the Speak Out Project for survivors wanting to speak publicly about their experiences.
Each of these programmes is implemented through our longstanding counselling, training and advocacy programmes thus combining deterrent, preventive and restorative interventions into a comprehensive strategy. All of our work is done by volunteers recruited from within the communities we serve and who play an active role in organisational decision making.
You can find out more about these individual programmes on our website: www.rapecrisis.org.za
Please contact our director Kathleen Dey on (021) 447 -1467 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to support innovation in of any these programmes.