Original Rape Crisis Center

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    The first shelter for battered women was opened in 1983 in the manse next to the Lutheran Church at the top of Long St. Ten years later it was taken over by NICRO and moved to the Saartjie Baartmaan centre in Mannenberg. (Saartjie or Sarah Baartman was a Khoisan woman born around 1790. Initially a slave she was taken to Europe where she was ‘exhibited’ as the Hottentot Venus on account of her ‘unusual’ body. Her remains were finally returned to South Africa in 2002 and have been laid to rest in the Eastern Cape, her home province). A counselling service was originally started back in 1976 in the Gardens. Today Rape Crisis the support group is based in the suburb of Observatory. Sadly the incidence of rape remains unacceptably high in South Africa.

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