Promotion of empowerment
Rape Crisis campaigns to raise funds and create awareness
WITH 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children in full effect, Rape Crisis is appealing for support of its campaigns in order to continue its work in assisting rape survivors.
Rape Crisis Cape Town was established in 1976 and is the oldest organisation that supports the recovery of rape survivors in South Africa.
According to its website, South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world. the organisation has two campaigns, the I ACT Campaign and the Rape Survivors’ Campaign.
Zeenat Hendricks of Rape Crisis said the
I ACT Campaign aimed to “create awareness and funding for Rape Crisis.
Just R100 will sponsor a counselling session for a rape survivor”.
The idea for the campaign was the result of the #MeToo campaign, a revival of American Tarana Burke’s campaign in 2006 on social media which aimed to promote empowerment through empathy among black women who had experienced abuse.
The #MeToo campaign has since gained global momentum as a result of celebrities who have come forward about sexual harassment and rape claims against men in the entertainment industry.
Hendricks is asking that women who tweeted or followed #MeToo support the I ACT Campaign.
She said the I ACT concept aims to encourage supporters to act through donating towards the campaign.
She said the aim of the Rape Survivors’ Campaign was to hold the government accountable for the promise of specialised sexual offences courts which play a vital role in increasing reporting and conviction rates for rape.
“We believe conviction rates will be increased as witnesses will be retained within the criminal justice system and will feel confident to testify in court.”
She said the campaign engaged with the regional court presidents, the department of justice and the parliamentary portfolio committee on justice and correctional services.
It also assisted with the “drafting of the new section that has now come be signed into law by the president”.
They will hold community workshops during 16 Days of Activism.
“We will also invite participants to join our public demonstration in front of the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on December 5 from 10am to noon to advocate for a sexual offences courtroom to be established in Khayelitsha.”
For more information about the campaigns visit www.rapecrisis.org.za.