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Tax payers that donate qualify for a tax deduction

Not everyone knows that if you have donated an amount to a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and you are a tax payer then you qualify for a tax deduction.

As an approved PBO Rape Crisis has the privilege and responsibility of spending public funds, which we derive from donations and from grants. In order to maintain our registration as a PBO we must of course ensure that we continue to comply with relevant legislation throughout our existence. Our annual income tax return enables the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to assess whether we are operating within the prescribed limits of the approval we have been granted.

 Rape Crisis plays a significant role in society as we take a shared responsibility with the South African Government for the social and development needs of rape survivors, their families and people affected by the trauma of someone close to them.

 Since the South African Government has recognised that Rape Crisis is dependent upon the generosity of the public, and, to encourage that generosity, it has provided a tax deduction for any donations made by a taxpayer.

 Having made a bona fide donation in cash or of property in kind to Rape Crisis as a Section 18A – approved organisation, you are entitled to a deduction from your taxable income if the donation is supported by the necessary section 18A receipt issued by our finance and administration manager.

 Should you have made a donation to us and you require an 18A certificate or receipt please write to Charlene Whittern on charlene@rapecrisis.org.za and include the following details:

  • Your name and surname
  • Your physical address
  • The amount you donated (or the value of the in kind goods you donated)
  • The date on which you sent the donation

She will then confirm your donation and send you the certificate via email as an attachment.

Thank you for everything you have done to help us make sure that rape survivors make their own journey, in their own way and at their own pace towards recovery or along the road to justice, and for making sure that our government shares the responsibility for supporting them on that journey with us.

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What To Do If
Someone Raped You

Even if you don’t report the rape, you still have the right
to free treatment to prevent HIV within 72 hours of the rape.


    Do this as soon as possible.


    It may be very difficult for you to tell someone what has happened to you, but it’s important because this person can support your story and back you up in court.


    There might be hair, blood or semen on your body or clothes that can be used as evidence of the rape.


    Go straight to a hospital, community health centre or doctor.


    If you want to report the rape, go to the police station nearest to where the attack took place as soon as you can. Ask a friend or family member to go with you for support. Keep the name of the police officer in charge of your case and your case number.

You & Rape books

You and Rape is the essential guide for rape survivors – providing insight into how to overcome physical and emotional injury, to practical advice about laying charges and the criminal justice system.


    If you fear retribution or intimidation by the rapist/s, make sure the police are aware of this and ask that the rapist/s be not allowed out on bail.


    A doctor will examine every part of your body to find and collect samples of hair, blood or semen. This is part of the police investigation to gather medical evidence of the crime.


    Ask for pamphlets or booklets on rape and the number of a local counselling service to give you further support and advice about the police matter, court case and any other effects of the rape.


    Whether or not you want to lay a charge, make sure that within 72 hours you take:

    • The Morning After Pill (MAP) to prevent pregnancy;
    • An HIV test and antiretroviral treatment to prevent HIV infection;
    • Antibiotics to prevent a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI).

In March 1973 I was gang raped while taking a short cut through a small park

Anne Mayne, the founder of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, explains how and why she started the organisation.

One of the rapists threatened to kill me if I didn’t cooperate. Although I was not physically hurt, I was so traumatised that I had difficulty functioning normally for a long time afterwards.

At that time I was a political activist and well aware of how inhuman most of the South African police were. The idea of reporting what had happened to me was out of the question.

I sought medical help and received an antibiotic injection in case I had been exposed to an STD (the AIDS virus was not around then). I was extremely emotionally disturbed. My moods swung from almost paralysing depression to manic hyperactivity. I was hyper vigilant and suffered panic attacks. I decided to see a psychiatrist, who gave me tranquilizers. There was no trauma counselling.

My relationship with my parents was bad and I knew I would get no support from them. Apart from a few friends who I told, I struggled on alone. I was in such a bad state that I nearly committed suicide.

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27 people will be sexually assaulted in the Western Cape today
– and every other day of the year

Facts about rape


Rape Crisis is committed to finding lasting solutions by:


Communities with high rape statistics can find solutions. Rape Crisis runs projects to promote awareness and safety, and supports community actions that address high rape rates.


Our schools programme helps build role models and leaders capable of influencing attitudes towards violence and rape.


We seek improvements within the Criminal Justice System, as well as on the level of law reform and policy making.


Over the past 10 years, Rape Crisis counsellors have gathered anonymous statistical data which allows us to identify trends.

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