Rape crisis centre celebrates 10 years of caring in South Africa

Getting as many people as possible to report a rape was one of the achievements of the Phapamani Rape Crisis Centre in Uitenhage, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last month.

The centre offers counselling and moral support to rape survivors.

Centre director Ntombi Kubalo said it was initially difficult to get people to report rape because women feared being victimised.

“We found that most rape cases involved people known to the victims. This made it even more difficult for people to report rape.

“We are also glad that we are in partnership with government departments like correctional services and the SA Police Service.”

Correctional Services community corrections unit manager Luvuyo Mase said his role in the centre was to explain to the public that offenders had been released on parole or sentenced to correctional supervision.

“We also address issues raised by the community, especially cases where offenders are sentenced to indirect imprisonment.”

Thobeka Festile, field worker for the VW Community Trust, said the trust was involved in various community projects, mainly focusing on women and children abuse.

“We are here to celebrate the centre‘s achievements because it has made a difference to the community of Uitenhage,” she said.

http://www.theherald.co.za/herald/news/n23_08092008.htm



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