Help for rape, abuse vic­tims

Talk of the Town - - NEWS -

It was a very wellat­tended event at the Bean and Olive on Women’s Day last Thurs­day, when lo­cal res­i­dents gath­ered to hear about the scourge of vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.

The talk, en­ti­tled “Give a lit­tle love back” was in aid of the Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences (FCS) Unit of the SAPS, who look af­ter the Port Al­fred Clus­ter, from Alexandria to Ham­burg and in­land to Bathurst.

Con­sta­ble San­dra Cather­ine and Colonel Lizette Zeelie gave can­did ac­counts of the ded­i­cated work done by this unit and spoke of the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, rape and child-re­lated crimes they come across in their daily work, and their roles as pro­tec­tors in the com­mu­nity.

The gen­eral pub­lic is of­ten un­aware of much of the work that these women in blue do.

They high­lighted how the com­mu­nity could get in­volved and as­sist by do­nat­ing toi­letry items, cloth­ing, warm blan­kets, un­der­wear and so forth.

Af­ter their talk, they were thanked for the in­cred­i­ble role they play in the com­mu­nity.

It was high­lighted that rape sur­vivors or abused chil­dren were of­ten faced with not hav­ing any­where to go, nor hav­ing any cloth­ing af­ter be­ing at­tacked, as these needed to be sent for foren­sic tests.

The unit col­lects and makes up “care packs” con­sist­ing of ba­sic toi­letries so that sur­vivors can have a shower and re­ceive a change of cloth­ing.

The Port Al­fred po­lice sta­tion has a small Wendy house, equipped with a bath­room, able to ac­com­mo­date two peo­ple for an overnight stay, be­fore they are moved to a place of safety.

The lun­cheon was held to col­lect funds to as­sist with care packs for sur­vivors, and an amount of R1,060 was raised on the day.

The Bean and Olive will have a col­lec­tion point for the month of Au­gust, at which peo­ple can do­nate any items.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or if you are a vic­tim of abuse, please con­tact Colonel Zeelie on 046-604-2006 or 082-301-9720.

CRE­AT­ING AWARE­NESS: The SAPS Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences unit held a meet­ing at the Bean and Olive last Thurs­day to in­form mem­bers of the com­mu­nity on the high in­ci­dence of rape and abuse and how it af­fects vic­tims, their fam­i­lies and friends. Those present were also given in­for­ma­tion on what to do in such a sit­u­a­tion. Port Al­fred sta­tion com­man­der Colonel Lizette Zeelie, left, and Con­sta­ble San­dra Cather­ine, the main speak­ers on the day, spoke about the work of the Port Al­fred Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences Unit in Port Al­fred

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