- The organisation began by delivering comfort pack parcels to rape victims at police stations in March 2000. As the word spread of her work, the areas of operation expanded and Woman Against Rape was officially conceived. Since then Janine and her team have initiated several other projects to assist victims.
A Word from Janine
"To be raped is an enduring pain that must be dealt with and, in some cases, exposed. I was a victim of child abuse and was motivated by the desire to ensure that nobody went through what I did. I felt so abandoned and had nowhere to go. People need a space where they will be counselled. It is amazing to see how one's frame of reference can change from negative to positive through support and help".
MissionTo encourage all persons to exercise their rights by teaching them that their bodies and spirits are sacred and no one may violate that right in any way, it is your constitutional RIGHT. WOMAN AGAINST RAPE (WAR) encourages all South Africans to educate themselves and to seek help in the event of violation or abuse and to know that there is someone who is prepared to listen and help by offering them assistance.
VisionWAR’s vision and future goals are to aid many adults & children who are victim to rape, sexual assault and all types of abuse by:
- To have permanent facilities nationwide which can provide counselling and a safe haven for all rape and abuse victims
- Empowerment programs that will provide an income for victims and free them from their abusers who are too often their providers
- To ensure a quality environment, free from discrimination for all those infected by HIV through rape or any other tragic circumstance
- To intercept the root of the problem with educational talks for adults and educational programs and books for children.
WAR, An Award-Winning CharityJanine was honoured with the prestigious Paul Harris Award from Rotary for her outstanding contributions to more than 17 charity organizations she serves and supports. She also cherishes the gratitude of children, exquisitely expressed in handwritten poems of praise.
International RecognitionOprah Winfrey applauded Janine for her continued dedication to upliftment and care projects she managed in South Africa and contributed towards WAR’s programs and activities.
She explained in an interview with the Irish Examiner, that too many people still don’t understand sexual abuse is not just about the act of abuse, but about the misuse of trust and shame that follow.
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