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If you can imagine the trauma, add your voice to ours

On National Women’s Day 9 August 2016, we launched the Rape Survivors Justice Campaign (RSJC), to hold the South African government accountable for its promise to roll out the special sexual offences courts.

Sexual offences courts are different from ordinary courts. They have specially trained prosecutors and magistrates; a private court room; separate waiting rooms for both adult and child witnesses and survivors and a testifying room with CCTV equipment.

Why is this important?  The trauma of rape, reporting the crime, the forensic examination, and laying the charge is enough.

The court hearing is the secondary trauma. Facing the perpetrator in an ordinary open court, often within touching distance, with decisions up to court staff who haven’t been trained in sexual offences, is often the reason why survivors drop the case. And the perpetrator goes free!

These special courts hear rape cases faster, and lead to higher conviction rates.  But there are only 43 of them across South Africa – not nearly enough to serve the    53 000 reported survivors of rape each year.

How can you help:

DONATE now, to support the Rape Crisis Justice Campaign and help us to make the sexual offences courts a Government priority, and a reality everywhere in South Africa.

Sign: Add your name to our campaign today at  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoSUqWtZrLjWCXXNpkbUN1rS3osyRNmAoc7ZhheaFdutrURg/viewform 

If you want what I want for every rape survivor, please give Rape Crisis your financial support now – and add your voice to ours.

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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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