Yellow for Survivors is a NPC, founded by Leilani Kuter 2019. It was established to provide survivors of rape and gender-based violence with resources and safe spaces to find the support they need to start healing after severe, life-changing experiences. These fundraisers include self-defence sessions and videos, dedication walks throughout the country, giving a voice to the voiceless and enabling them to take back their power.
About Leilani Kuter
On 16 September 1992, at the aged of 18, I was brutally raped and left for dead. At the time I was staying at the NG-church Youth Centre in Vermeulen Street, Pretoria. I unknowingly let a dangerous man (by the name of "Frankie") into my room. What followed next changed my life forever. 27 years later, I decided to break my silence and speak out about my ordeal and to start a dialogue to empower other women, men and children and hopefully reduce the stigma of rape.
On 16 September 2019, wearing yellow, (the colour Frankie wore,) I started a 27 day journey, walking 27 km a day to take a stand against sexual assault and gender-based violence in South Africa. The objective was to raise funds to purchase emergency comfort packs provided to young girls when they report sexual assault and go through the process of telling their stories. Additional funds were used to help with rehabilitation and counseling.
I completed the 729km journey on 12 October 2019 at the Roodepoort Athletics Stadium. The challenge which covered 4 provinces and took over 3 645 hours to complete was supported by more than 300 individuals (some rape survivors), of all ages.
I managed to raise over R250 000 and funds were contributed to Matla A Bana, The Go Purple Foundation, Child Welfare, Nelspruit, 1000 Women Trust and Matrix Men.
This experience made me realize that I can do more to help others. I then founded Yellow For Survivors and I have since completed another 448km journey. I also do dedication walks for survivors and in memory of those who have lost their lives due to GBV. Read more here
I am a motivational speaker, ambassador, entrepreneur and wife.
Apart from the walking campaigns, we’ve also partnered with Never Tap Out. We offer self-defence sessions and videos to young and old,
I invite you to get in involved in our initiatives and I would love to hear from you.