I'm sure you'd be more interest in this blog post if I posted about a cake. I did recently on facebook and received a lot of attention with likes and comments. I posted a photo of a rape care kit and I guess people just scrolled right past, pretending not to see it as they didn't know what to say.
Anyway I digress.
I'm visiting South Africa our former home and supporting friends who work with various charities and projects throughout the year. I'm no longer affiliated with any of the charities here, but I help out with things online and some fundraising throughout the year and when I visit, I tidy, clean, pack and physically get involved hands on.
Over the weekend my friend Lee-Ann, took me with her to a community in Pretoria North to hand out rape care kits on behalf of Kameeldrift Trauma Support, who she is involved with throughout the year.
These kits aren't handed out to women who have been raped, they are handed out to women for when they or a family member or friend is raped.
1:3 women have been or will be raped in South Africa, with 150 cases reported daily. Many do not report because a) it is a way of life for some and b) too many women are afraid of reprisals for reporting their rapist.
In the UK statistics for the same period were 1:200.
Of course these figures can't be relied on and they do not include the rape of men or children, nor do they include other forms of sexual abuse.
But the reality is in South Africa it is going to happen, just when is the only unknown.
So how can a rape care kit help women in crisis.
Each kit contains a brown paper bag to place underwear in, a plastic bag can contaminate the DNA. The advice is to put it in a freezer asap for the best forensic results.
There is also a note pad and pen to write down what happened in detail.
Everything else in the pack is for personal hygiene and comfort.
In the recent kits being distributed there have been donations from Isabella Garcia with facial wash and body creams and from Reitzer Pharmaceuticals glycerine soaps.
All other items have been donated by individuals by adding a few extra items to their shopping trolley each week and through cash donations.
This is not a sponsored post, I'm advertising the services of Kameeldrift Trauma Support as I believe and support fully the work they are doing. The two companies tagged will hopefully share this post on their social media and I'm hoping it will lead to further donations from them and other companies to support this worthy project.