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I got my power back. I experienced healing. I got justice. I got closure.


These statements from a rape survivor, at the end of the successful prosecution of a rapist, are Eleanor Williams’greatest reward. And they’ve sustained her for the 10 years that she’s worked as a Rape Crisis court supporter.

It takes a very brave and determined rape survivor to take the matter to court.

And your donation made here, will help us secure more successful prosecutions.

Not only do they have to face the perpetrator again, in what can be proximity as close as touching distance, they also open themselves to being cross questioned by defence attorneys determined to keep the rapist out of jail. Then add the fear of potential intimidation, and you’ll understand why such a small percentage of people can bring themselves to face this further trauma.

Even more so if that survivor is a man, elderly, a sex worker, a transgender person or gay – these factors only add to the courage they need to face this taxing ordeal.

But for those who do, Rape Crisis – with the help of people like you – is there to support them every step of the way with pre-trial consultation and the protective and encouraging presence of a Rape Crisis court supporter by their side during the trial. A guilty verdict hangs on the very thin thread of the case being proven beyond all reasonable doubt.  The testimony of the rape survivor plays a crucial role and those that get support feel confident of telling their own version of events in court.

Please, will you show a rape survivor now that you are with them all the way, by making your donation here?

Eleanor describes herself as being a disempowered woman before she answered a Rape Crisis advertisement calling for volunteers to join a training course. She came from a community where she witnessed women being regularly abused and she felt passionately that this was not okay.  She jumped at doing that training course, and every other course since then, to become the deeply caring and powerful woman that she is today.

And that’s why we’re asking you for your donation, and also to spread news of the need by sharing this message with others who will help us to fight against the endemic crime of rape.

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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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