Immediately after being raped, you may feel physical pain, shock, disgust, and fear. Some survivors feel numb or dazed and may be unable to talk about the rape, while others are openly upset and angry. In the days and weeks ahead, you may have nightmares and feel guilty, afraid ashamed, powerless, angry, depressed or unable to bear being touched.
Being able to talk to someone who understands is a huge step towards recovery. You can call our 24 hour crisis line – 021 447 9762 – at any time of the day or night and talk to an experienced counsellor in English, Afrikaans or Xhosa. You can also talk to our counsellors face-to-face at our offices in Observatory, Athlone or Khayelitsha. There is no charge for these services and all cases are treated as confidential.
Our counselling is designed to make you feel safe, supported, respected and able to make informed decisions.