Who We Are

vision

We have a vision of a South Africa in which women are safe in their communities and where the criminal justice system supports and empowers survivors of rape and other sexual offences and acts as a deterrent to perpetrators of crime.

mission

Our mission is to promote safety in communities, to reduce the trauma experienced by rape survivors, to encourage the reporting of rape and to work actively to address flaws in legislation.

To reduce the trauma
experienced by rape survivors

To encourage the reporting
of rape

To work to actively address
flaws in legislation

meet the team

Director

Kath Dey

Director

Nazma Hendricks

Charlene Whittern

Finance & Admin Manager

Charlene Whittern

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluations & Learning Specialist

Janet Austin

Counselling Coordinator (Khayelitsha)

Nomcebo Mgenge

Digital Officer

Sino Mdunjeni

Thuthuzela Care Centre Child Social Worker

Mazeeda Karani

Advocacy Coordinator

Mandisa Mbotshelwa

Counselling Coordinator (Observatory)

Shiralee Mcdonald

Barbara Williams

Programmes Manager

Barbara Williams

Advocacy Specialist

Jeanne Bodenstein

Communications Coordinator

Zeenat Hendricks

Court Support Coordinator

Neliswa Tshazi

Thuthuzela Care Centre Coordinator

Training and Development Coordinator

Kholeka Booi

Training and Development Coordinator

Rifqah Abrahams

Receptionist

Zodwa Thomas

Karen Cogill

Admin & Finance assistant

Karen Cogill

Receptionist

Priscilla Julie

Estelle Carolissen

Court Support Administrator

Estelle Carolissen

Sewing project coordinator

Joyce Doni

history

The Journey of Rape Crisis

Established in 1976, Rape Crisis is the most experienced organisation in South Africa working in the area of adult rape and sexual violence. Our roots are as a volunteer-run feminist women’s collective, but we were compelled by the changing fundraising climate of the early 1990s to develop into a professionally staffed organisation. We obtained NPO registration in 1997 and maintained our focus on the empowerment of women.

We have a national reputation for unique and innovative best practices models and our work consists of a range of projects that include direct services to survivors of rape and sexual violence, popular education and advocacy as essential components of a well-developed theory of change.

Our relationship with government, particularly at the provincial level, is collaborative (we share spaces at courts and health facilities with government service providers) but also challenging because we observe that government does not always serve the best interests of rape survivors. Our close connection with the communities we serve gives us capacity for social mobilisation and our strong network of partners in civil society gives us support for lobbying influential role players at both the national and provincial levels of government.

With the support of the communities we serve, our partners, and by utilising well researched information, we develop strategies to address flaws in the criminal justice system in order to ensure better support for complainants. Our offices in Khayelitsha, Athlone and Observatory reflect the diverse demographics of the clients and communities we serve.

benefactors

Our Supporters

Rape Crisis is able to provide free support services to rape survivors from a team of skilled professionals because of the support of these committed benefactors:

   

 

Counselling

Open for counselling 5 days a week

Observatory Office:
23 Trill Road
Observatory
Tel: 021 447 1467

Athlone Office:
335a Klipfontein Road
Gatesville
Tel: 021 684 1180

Khayelitsha Office:
89 Msobomvu Drive
Khayelitsha
Tel: 021 361 9228

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