24 HOUR CRISIS LINE: 083 484 9409  
Tel: 021 852 5620 Fax: 086 519 4358   
Email: help@crisiscentre.org.za  
Helderberg Hospital Lourensford Road Somerset West  
Western Cape South Africa 7129

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Rape Crisis Helderberg is a non-profit organization committed to help survivors of rape and abuse overcome their trauma through caring counselling amongst all the people in the Helderberg basin and surroundings.

Meet Our Team

It's Not About Sex

Useful Information

Back Row: Colleen Louw, Reinette Evans (with Leah Marais), Anne Marais (with Lucy Marais) & Rina Broodryk.
Middle Row: Elize Harmse & Lynda Wright
Front Row: Ruth Madito
Photo insert: Gill Van Rensburg  
Saying "NO" to sex truly does mean saying "NO" to sex. Rape is a violent, traumatic & life changing experience that can happen to ANYONE in almost any situation.
Rape is an act of POWER and CONTROL and sex is used as the weapon to achieve this.
Rape is NEVER the survivors fault - rapists make the choice to rape and they are to blame. Silence does NOT mean consent.
Rape is a CRIME of violence that is committed through a sexual act. Reporting rape takes enormous courage - survivors do not take such steps lightly.
About 25% of the cases we are seeing at the moment involve spiked drinks.
This happens to young and old.
If you know someone who has been raped (or suspect that they might have been raped) make sure they get to us IMMEDIATELY to get medication to prevent HIV and pregnancy - within 4 hours if possible and

What to do...
What to do if you were raped or you know of someone who was raped... read more...


What is RTS?
What is Rape Trauma Syndrome?


Useful links...
We have found information on these sites to be useful and hope that you will too... read more...


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After being raped, even if you do not open a case please:

  • Get evidence collected within 24 hours and no later than 72 hours (the police will take you to the rape crisis centre or hospital)
  • Get anti-retrovirals & emergency contraception within 72 hours (anti-retrovirals are free to rape victims at government hospitals)
  • Get antibiotic medication to prevent other sexually transmitted infections
  • Get counselling from a person trained in rape trauma counselling - it is never too late

You can get all of the above free at our office at Helderberg Hospital, Somerset West

Call 083 484 9409 (24 hours a day) or 021-852 5620 (office hours) or write to help@crisiscentre.org.za.

You do not have to go through this alone.

RAPE TRAUMA SYNDROME is a recognised response to rape and sexual abuse and it includes a variety of problems including various long-term consequences, the symptoms are similar to Post Traumatic Stress. Although many rape survivors suffer from the symptoms of Rape Trauma Syndrome, not all survivors respond to rape in the same way. It is important to treat each rape survivor as an individual and to try and understand what the rape means to that particular person. Coping with being raped may also be more difficult if family, friends and colleagues are not supportive and/or blame the survivor. After the shock has passed, some survivors try to act as if nothing has happened. This is their way of trying to block out the rape, because they feel that they won't be able to cope if they let themselves remember what happened to them. However, if a rape survivor is going to recover well from the impact of a rape, s/he must let her/himself remember the rape and feel whatever s/he is feeling inside. When s/he does start remembering and feeling, s/he will also start suffering from symptoms, but these usually improve gradually over time. It often helps a survivor to have counselling if s/he is experiencing symptoms that upset her/him. The effects of rape are long term. Rape survivors never forget being raped, but many learn how to deal with the memory. Studies have shown that the symptoms suffered by a rape survivor three months after a rape usually continue over the next three to four years, although they do seem to improve over time. Sadly South Africa holds the for the highest rapes world-wide. Interpol estimates that over 1 million women are raped each year in South Africa.
We want to help you to "PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER AGAIN".