Co-founder and director of Positive Reactions Over Secrets and Fears (PROSAF) Souyenne Dathorne said her organization is deeply concerned by recent cases of rape reported in the local media.
Dathorne said her organization is willing to provide support to these victims, to help them through this tough period in their lives, and to provide the necessary counselling to get them back on their feet.
However, the PROSAF co-founder said it will be left up to the victims, to decide whether or not they will take up the offer, noting that the organisation will not force itself on the victims.
“When you are doing a case of survivor of sexual violence in trying to empower them, it has to be them to make the decision to get help. I don’t expect them to call and divulge their entire story but to call and say I need help if and when they are ready,” she explained.
PROSAF has in the past provided counselling and support to many victims of sexual assault and rape. The organisation has also conducted successful sexual violence education programmes and studies.
Dathorne said too that she is happy to see that more persons are coming forward to report cases of sexual assault and rape to the police, despite there are still some challenges.
“Sexual assault remains one of the most under-reported crimes and it continues to be that way because of the stigma attached to it, where you are blamed for being sexually assaulted,” she added.
Dathorne also lamented over the lack of prosecution in these cases. She had told SNO in a previous interview that this is an important issue, which must be addressed by the authorities.
She believes that once proper protection and care is given to these victims, it will also reduce the chances of them being bribed into dropping these cases in court, which has happened before.