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Rape crisis targets under-serviced rape hotspots.

Cape Town, 22 November 2013 - This year, in response to requests from the Bredasdorp community and others in the area, Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust’s Stop the Bus Campaign will travel to Bredasdorp, Barrydale and Swellendam.

 

The Stop the Bus Campaign focuses on educating and informing rape survivors, community members and organisations about their right to access services within the Criminal Justice System as well as on holding that system responsible for the quality of the services they deliver in the area.

“This year’s campaign is about empowering community members to understand what their rights are and how to exercise them,” says Rape Crisis Director Kathleen Dey. “Victims need to be supported and perpetrators held to account. We also want to challenge the many myths and stereotypes about rape and promote ideas that empower women.”

Trained Rape Crisis crews will be conducting workshops with community members, linking networks of service providers and establishing what services are available to survivors in the area, conducting door-to-door visits, and raising awareness through pamphleteering and interviews in local media. They will also monitor police, health and court facilities along the route for their compliance with sexual offences legislation and in this way address potential gaps in service delivery.

Rape Crisis invites the media to join the bus campaign, which will launch at 8am on Monday 25 November from Bredasdorp. See the attached itinerary.

This grassroots campaign is also linked to a fund raising drive. Donations to Rape Crisis can be made at 1kh.org

About Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust

Rape Crisis is one of South Africa's oldest non-profit organizations. It was established in 1976 and supports 5,000 rape survivors annually in the Western Cape.

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