Rape is a traumatic experience that often results in embarrassment and left with a self-judgmental feeling. This experience leaves a victim feeling impure and dirty. Their body does not feel like it is their own.
Rape is an inexcusable act that needs to be stopped. As a group we need to stand together and be the voice of reason. Use the weapon that was not stripped from you. Stand up and make a difference, rape victims know how the experience feels. We need to stand together to ensure that no one else has to endure that pain.
It’s hard to know what to do, how to feel, or what your options are after a sexual assault. Please know that you’re not alone.
Here are three tips about what to do if you or anyone you know has been raped:
- Find a safe environment, away from the attacker. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you.
- Remember that what happened was NOT your fault.
- Ask the hospital to conduct a rape kit exam to preserve forensic evidence.
You may not have safety had control over the situation but you have control over what you can do thereafter.
Your rape does not define you.
You are a beautiful individual and being a victim of rape does not make you any less beautiful.
Do not question your life choices, you were and are not at fault. Being a rape victim was not because of the clothes you were wearing, it was not because of the underwear you were wearing that made your confidence level rise. It was not because you decided to go out and have a good eveing.
Rape is an act that should not be tolerated.
At Men Against Rape we stand up against sexual assaults, we are against these individuals being a part of society and are determined to lower the rape statistics on South Africa and the world alike.