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Gender Based Violence Feature

PE Rape Centre offers advice and counselling

Women are mainly affected by gender based violence, but men are also affected.

Rape is a non-consensual sexual act which may involve coercion.

Non-consensual means that you did not agree to the sexual act.

A sexual act means the insertion of a penis, inanimate object, or animal genitalia into the vagina, anus, or mouth of a person, irrespective of their gender.

Coercion means the use of physical force or threats to cause harm now or in the future.

Sexual abuse refers to a wider range of non-consensual sexual activity. It includes fondling, touching and kissing genitals or making someone do it to another person.

Violation of bodily privacy includes forcing someone to undress or spying on someone or exploiting them through prostitution or pornography.

Ultimately sexual abuse is the abuse of power.

How to prevent or reduce gender based violence:

  • Go to parties in groups, stay in groups and leave in groups;
  • Don´t leave your drink unattended;
  • If you feel drowsy for no reason, tell friends and leave;
  • Keep track of how much you drink and
  • Be careful accepting too many drinks.

If someone pressures you:

  • Trust your instincts;
  • Have an escape code with your friends so they know when you are uncomfortable and
  • Avoid making the person angry or aggressive.

What to do after an attack:

  • Get to safety as soon as you can;
  • Tell someone you can trust;
  • Don´t get rid of the evidence. If possible go straight to a clinic so that DNA evidence can be collected;
  • Don´t shower, pee or throw away your clothes;
  • Use a paper bag, rather than plastic to store your clothes.
  • Start antiretroviral  treatment  as soon as possible. ARV should be taken within 72 hour after being raped.
LEARNING TO HELP: Rape Crisis staff members attending the gender based violence event at Coselelani High School in Motherwell.
LEARNING TO HELP: Rape Crisis staff members attending the gender based violence event at Coselelani High School in Motherwell.

Where to find assistance:

Thuthuzeal Care Centre at Dora Ngina Hospital. Helpline: 041-406 4112.  E-mail: Secretary.rapecrisiscentre@rccpe.co.za  

Rape Crisis Centre. Helpline: 041-484 3804. E-mail: Secretary.rapecrisiscentre@rccpe.co.za

Rape Crisis Centre (Motherwell office). Helpline: 041-462 2372.                  Email:  Secretary.rapecrisiscentre@rccpe.co.za

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