Rape Crisis trainers are all volunteer facilitators trained by the organisation in a vigorous and compelling six week process. Two teams in Athlone and Khayelitsha together with volunteers from Observatory are lead by experienced staff who support, teach and guide the training teams in their work with community groups through regular meetings, buddy groups and ongoing training sessions.
Community groups such as schools, universities, churches, rate payers associations, advice offices and other interest groups can approach Rape Crisis for training that is customised to each group’s needs. We prefer to work with a minimum of 15 participants and a for minimum of three hours but we can also put together longer courses spanning several weeks or shorter talks and audiovisual presentations delivered to a larger audience. Volunteers also take part in open air events, marches, exhibitions, displays and stalls.
Our courses are workshop styled, experiential learning environments where everyone pools their skills, knowledge and life experience in order to help one another learn and grow. We offer extensive handouts and notes prepared for each session so participants can take their learning with them. Contact Kholeka Booi at firstname.lastname@example.org or Liezel van Schalkwyk at email@example.com for a full quotation.
This is the income generating social enterprise arm of the organisation.
The aim of these training programmes is to develop creative and innovative prevention methodologies, to facilitate community groups building safe spaces within their areas and to change attitudes about rape within communities and between men and women in South Africa. For example, if a factory nurse calls Rape Crisis in to run a workshop on rape for the staff on the factory floor the aim of that workshop will be to show the group how to respond if one of their member is raped and also to explore ways in which they can make their working environment safer for women. In this way we constantly learn from the communities of which we are a part. These methods also support prevention and awareness raising by examining gender relationships in a particular place and seeing how the men and women in that factory relate to one another.
Rape Crisis hopes to expand this programme by developing creative technologies for learning and awareness through developing plays with community drama groups, creative writing and using a combination of art, music, photography and technology for digital story telling.
Athlone – (021) 684-1180
Khayelitsha – (021) 361-9228