Rape Crisis


Making Change

We encourage communities to devise innovative prevention strategies, and to build safe spaces within areas, such as communities, schools and workplaces. We also strive to change attitudes about rape, and create a culture of respect for women and girls in South Africa

Our Training and Development Project run awareness raising events such as workshops, talks and information stalls and our Advocacy Project (RSJC) advocates for the roll out of sexual offences courts across South Africa.

Consent Culture

Together we are building a culture of consent

Rape Crisis challenges myths and stereotypes (Rape culture) through, building a Consent culture. It is a culture in which asking for consent is normalized and condoned in popular culture. It is respecting the person’s response even if it isn’t the response you had hoped for. When we create cultures of consent, respect, and positive sexuality, we can change how we understand sexuality and prevent sexual violence. We envision a culture in which consent is the norm for sexual expression and we strive to make a change in people’s attitudes around sexual violence.

Myths about rape

Appearance and clothing have nothing to do with who gets raped and many rapes happen in the home. Women are raped no matter what they wear.

Most men are stronger than most women. But force is often not necessary, as men can use emotional manipulation, weapons or threats on the victim’s life to get a woman to comply.

Drinking or taking drugs is your choice; sex without your permission is not a choice. No one chooses or deserves to be raped because they are drunk or high.

98% of rape reports are true. It takes a lot of courage to report a rape and go through with a rape trial. Other people often make rape victims feel ashamed or guilty about the rape, which makes it even less likely that a woman would lie.

Forcing someone to have sex is rape, even if they are married or have had sex many times before.

Rape is not only about relieving sexual desire. It is about gaining power and control over another person. A rapist gets satisfaction by humiliating and controlling his victim and uses sex as the tool to do this.

Some people believe that homosexuality is unnatural and that it can be ‘cured’ through heterosexual rape. The truth is that rapists use rape as a weapon to harm and intimidate people who do not live according to their way of life. It is illegal to victimise gay men and lesbians in this way.

The force used by a rapist to subdue a male victim is often much more violent than that used towards a woman. A loaded pistol is a threat, whether you are a man or a woman. Manipulation is also often used to control and overpower younger boys and teenagers.


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Experiential learning workshops

The methodology used in the Making Change Programme’s workshops is based on experiential learning and draws on the principles of participation, valuing and affirming personal experience. It aims to educate and thereby empower participants with knowledge and skills.

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Open discussion talks

Topics that we cover here are, what the law says about rape, our services that we provide and often starting a surface discussion around myths and truths that our communities still perpetuate. The talks often get followed up with a workshop that takes topics further into discussion and learning.

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Awareness raising events

These workshops are in the style of experiential learning. We host these workshops in the Athlone surroundings and Khayelitsha communities. Topics such as, what is rape, myths and truths, rape and the law, the criminal justice system and sexual reproductive health rights are of the few topics that we cover in our workshops.

Peer Educators Project

Creating young leaders who change social norms

The goal of the project is to develop a replicable model for rape prevention through interventions with youth, that changes social norms both in terms of attitude and behaviours so that the number of rape incidents is reduced and there is increased reporting of rape.


Birds and Bees

Our Birds and Bees Peer Education project in schools creates young leaders who help to create positive social norms amongst youth and provide help for learners who have been, or are in danger of, being raped.

Leaders undergo a rigorous training course where they learn about the myths that perpetuate sexual violence, how to report rape, and how to organise activities that challenge the attitudes of their peers.

We liaise with local social workers to identify schools that are at high risk for sexual violence, and collaborate with educators and principals to encourage victims to seek help.

Making Change Projects

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Rape Survivors’ Justice Campaign (RSJC)

Advocating for change in law and policy

The Rape Survivors’ Justice Campaign advocates for the planned and funded rollout of sexual offences courts. These courts are the key to restoring faith in the criminal justice system.

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Speak Out Project

Encouraging survivors to share their stories

This is a group for survivors who feel strongly that they would like to help communities understand the impact that sexual violence has by sharing their stories.

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Head Office

23 Trill Road, Observatory
Cape Town 7925
P O Box 46 Observatory 7935

Send us an email
Email: communications@rapecrisis.org.za
Complaints: complaints@rapecrisis.org.za


Head Office: 021 447 1467

Athlone: 021 684 1180
(335a Klipfontein Road)

Khayelitsha: 021 361 9228
(89 Msobomvu Drive)

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