There are few moments where the spirit of coming together is made as visible as it was at this year’s Mandela Day Care Pack Drive. Old and young gathered to pack bags, make cards for survivors or crochet items to go inside the bags.
We set a target of 800 bags- a significant amount. Through the generosity of the participants, we exceeded that, and filled over 1 000 care packs on the day! Thanks to everyone that came and gave their 67 minutes of service to the community for Mandela Day. More than 1 000 rape survivors will get the comfort of a care pack when they need it most.
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.
GET TO A SAFE PLACE
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.
DO NOT WASH YOURSELF
There might be hair, blood or semen on your body or clothes that can be used as evidence of the rape.
IF YOU ARE INJURED
Go straight to a hospital, community health centre or doctor.
REPORT THE RAPE
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 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.