Rape Crisis


Road to Recovery

We encourage rape survivors to speak out about their experience, so that psychological healing may begin.

If you can’t speak to anyone, speak to us. Sometimes it might feel like you are on a lonely journey that others around you can’t understand, or you may be struggling to speak about what happened and how it feels for you. You might feel that you are now changed and will never be the same again. You might notice that your relationships are impacted. Going out with friends, becoming intimate once more, or parenting your children could be challenging.

Get help

Counselling for recovery

Counselling is intended to help you feel safe, supported, and respected. Being able to speak in a safe space can be the key to unlocking those aspects that you find troubling, and to make informed decisions for yourself.

Rape Crisis

Who can receive counselling?

Anyone from the age of 14 years and upward who is affected by sexual violence – survivors and the people supporting them. Everyone is welcome regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Rape Crisis

When should I seek counselling?

The decision to come for counselling is completely your own. Some people come immediately after experiencing sexual violence and others come months or years later. When you feel you need help we are here to support you.

Rape Crisis

To make an appointment

Rape Crisis offers confidential counselling, free of charge.
Monday – Thursday, 09h00 – 16h30 and Friday, 09h00 – 15h30.
We offer counselling in English, Afrikaans or Xhosa at our offices in Observatory, Athlone or Khayelitsha.

To make an appointment call our helpline

We also offer advice and counselling over the phone via our 24/7 helplines:

Observatory: 021 447-9762
Khayelitsha: 021 361-9085
Athlone: 021 633-9229
Email: communications@rapecrisis.org.za

Phases of Recovery

Each person copes with trauma differently. We cannot tell you exactly how you will or should feel if you have been raped, but we can tell you what we have learnt from other survivors. By describing their feelings and coping mechanisms, we hope to offer you strength and help you understand what you might be going through.

Principles of Empowerment

At Rape Crisis, we have developed a counselling approach that empowers survivors and encourages them to be active participants in their paths to recovery. Our counsellors are trusted allies and empathic witnesses to our survivors and their stories. Rape is an act of violence; victims are powerless to stop what is happening.

Rape Trauma Syndrome

As a response to being raped, survivors may experience symptoms such as physical, behavioural and psychological or emotional symptoms. The physical symptoms are something that a survivor can tell you about and it is very specific to being raped. The behavioural symptoms are something that you as a supporter could observe.

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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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