Help fight violence against women by giving your Mandela Day minutes to rape survivors
Join the Rape Crisis Mandela Day Care Pack Drive and help to provide comfort to rape survivors at forensic units.
The contents of the packs are all ready and the bags we pack them into have been hand made by our Change a Life sewing project, a group of rape survivors striving for economic empowerment. We need your help to pack 1 300 bags for women, men, girls and boys. What better way could there be to celebrate the spirit of Mandela Day than by giving your 67 minutes to support rape survivors?
On the day a rape survivor will be telling her story, our director, Kathleen Dey will be talking about the work of Rape Crisis and there’ll be a crafting space where you can make something special to put inside a care pack. Some people make cards while others knit or crochet small hearts to go into the packs.
Tickets will be sold at the door for R67 each. If you can’t make it, you could sponsor a care pack instead, by clicking here now. Every gesture of support counts in surviving rape. Each care pack costs us R120 to make up. Please use the reference #RCMandelaDay.
Refreshments will be on sale over the course of the day. Please click here if you have a food stall and would like to register to be a vendor on the day or phone Zeenat Hendricks on 021 447 1467.
Thank you for making Mandela Day meaningful by helping to fight violence against women.
Watch our video of our 2016 Mandela Day care pack drive here:
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.