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It costs R4000, but the outcome is beyond price

 Barbara Williams’ life changed forever when she completed the Rape Crisis counselling training course.

She says, “I know what it means to feel hopeless and as though your life has no purpose. What I instinctively wanted to do for others, I first had to do for myself. The course helped me discover my strength and potential. I became strong enough to walk away from a very destructive marriage. And now I’m living my purpose – serving others.”

A R4000 volunteer counselling sponsorship changed Barbara’s life, from working as a security guard at our Athlone office to becoming a part-time volunteer counsellor. Today Barbara is the full-time Athlone Counselling Coordinator, running a counselling service that  helps change the lives of hundreds of rape survivors every year.

At Rape Crisis we believe that what we do shouldn’t belong to a handful of professionals but rather to the communities we serve. Our training courses build the capacity of communities to respond to rape by sharing the skills they need to be able to do so. They own and use those skills forever.

We all know that the horror of rape occurs every day. Understanding that can help you put a value to our volunteer counselling training course and the urgency to train more volunteers.  We are preparing to train new counsellors at our Athlone office and we really need your sponsorship donation now to help those that cannot afford the full course fees themselves.

Because we’re never short of volunteers who want to make a difference in their communities by signing up for our six month intensive training course. But most of them can’t afford the R4000 fee.

And that’s why we’re turning to you, to help by making your donation today.

Whatever amount you can give towards training a volunteer counsellor will have a ripple effect and will empower not only that person, but a whole community that’ll be educated, supported, and better equipped to fight rape and its damaging consequences.


Donate now


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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