Yellow for Survivors offers self-defence sessions, which can be conducted right on your premises if you have the space available, that equips participants with vital information on how to protect themselves if the worst should happen. If you are able to act and your perpetrator did not expect it there is a shock element that can disrupt their plans. Current statistics show us that an average of 116 rapes are reported in South Africa on a daily basis and that there are many more that go unreported. Gender-based violence occurs at every level of our society, and the best thing we can do is to educate ourselves, and our employees, on how to keep themselves safe.
As a survivor of gender-based violence, I come from a place of personal understanding when I say that there is a dire need for more focussed support in this space, where women and men are left to fend for themselves after being violated in the most inhumane ways.
What is Yellow for Survivors?
Yellow for Survivors is a South African NPC that has been established to provide victims of rape and gender-based abuse with resources and safe spaces to find the support they need to start healing after severe, life-changing experiences.
In 2019, 27 years after I was brutally raped and left for dead, I walked 27 kilometers per day for 27 days in 4 different provinces to shine the spotlight on survival and raise funds for local rape crisis centers. In 2020, I walked 28km per day for 16 days and was joined by many people in the spirit of camaraderie and raising funds for Yellow for Survivors.
We have so far helped 290 people with self-defence sessions during 16 Days of Activism in 2020. Our NPC may be new, and our cause may be a difficult one to think about, but we are out here changing lives and making a real, tangible difference.
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