Rape Victims supported by IW South Africa

Posted by | Jul 31, 2019 |

Support for Rape Victims is a sad but necessary project that does not rest easy on Authorities and most NGO’s.

Rape is a shocking crime perpetrated against Females and Males of all ages.  In South Africa, Thuthuzela (is a Xhosa word meaning Comfort) Care Centres have been established.  One of these is attached to the Wesfleur Hospital in Atlantis, a small town 60 kilometres outside Cape Town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victims must be interviewed for crime reporting purposes, and the degrading process of forensic sampling is carried out in calming surroundings by empathetic staff.  The Centre is set in a garden to add to its safe haven atmosphere.

Victims are given Comfort Box kits containing personal hygiene items and new underclothing so they can shower and attempt to cast off as far as possible the feelings of degrading!

This project is long standing and the Club delivers kits several times a year to the Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly there is a high incidence of child rape so provision of cuddly soft toys is an important addition. 

Past President Anne Postema is seen delivering bags (above left) containing Comfort Boxes and knitted Teddy Bears to Avril Losper.

 

Anne Postema – Past President