What do organisations say?

Hearts to help: BONELA director, Cindy Kelemi
Hearts to help: BONELA director, Cindy Kelemi

For organisations such as Botswana Counselling Association that deal with offering counselling to people and doing referrals, issues of rape that go unreported are of great concern.

One of the counsellors at the non-governmental organisation, Kabo Ntsima, said such cases might be rampant, especially when the assailant knows the victim.  Here we offer counselling to those who need it and if possible we do referrals so that victims of abuse of any sort may get the necessary help.

“Many cases go unreported and here we do not have record of those simply because the victims do not report first of all and they are even afraid of seeking professional help like counselling, which could be detrimental to them in the long run,” he said.

He further noted that they are willing to work with other stakeholders for perspectives, opinions and recommendations on the issue so that more women are encouraged to always report rape and know that it was never their fault.   “Our offices are always open to help those that have gone through traumatic situations, but do not know where to go and where to begin.  We are here to help so do not hesitate to contact us,” he said.

Botswana Counselling Association 395 9589

Tel: 3973239

Phone: 72198282- (President)

Ntsima- 75711778, 75914360

Other organisations that can offer help or even do referrals are organisations such as Botswana Council of Women, Women’s Shelter and Botswana Network On Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) who can be contacted at: The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS Tel. (+267) 393-2516 Fax: (+267) 393-2517 E-mail: [email protected]            Postal Address, P O Box 402958 Gaborone, Botswana , Physical Address, Plot 60224, Fairgrounds Office Park, Gaborone, Botswana

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