Rape crisis centres often struggle to keep their doors open due to limited funding. This year, a group of South African businesswomen have chosen to put their money where their mouth is and pledged R400 000 in support of two centres providing care to survivors of gender based violence. Let's take this to the next level and make it possible for Mosaic in Cape Town and Lifeline in Sedibeng, Vaal and others like them to sustain their services in communities.
The high rate of rape and other forms of sexual violence in South Africa is amongst the highest reported in the world. Police crime statistics released in September 2015 state that in 2014/2015 there was a total of 53 617 sexual offences reported to the South African Police Services (SAPS) which translates to at least 147 cases per day.
LifeLine has been providing psycho-social services to victims of rape and domestic violence at the Kopanong TCC and they see up to 70 – 80 victims of rape and domestic violence and approximately per month, more than 50% being children. The Sedibeng area is the highest per capita rape incident area in Gauteng.
Mosaic runs a centre in Worcester, Cape Town. More than 569 cases were reported in 2015. The centre is one of the best run in the country and has seen conviction rates of over 80% for the cases of their clients.