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ON THE FRONT LINE AGAINST
RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT
UCT’s Survivor Support Office in the Office for Inclusivity and
Change (OIC) has trained a new cohort of advisers to be on
after-hours call for rape or sexual assault cases.
completed standby adviser training
with Rashieda Khan, the head of
the Survivor Support Office.
“Empathy is an absolute must.
Standby advisers need to be
respectful, trustworthy, friendly,
calm and welcoming and know
how to remain neutral,” said Ramon.
Newly trained adviser Nuraan
Hartley said that this work is part
of her commitment to building more
robust, educated and empowered
“In my role, I deal with students
daily and very often they reach out
to me. Many of our students are
suffering silently, so I am happy to
be there for them. We must learn
to break the silence,” Hartley said.
The OIC offers a suite of services
involving the university’s staff
or students, on campus and in
surrounding areas. For rape and
sexual assault, this includes 24-hour
emergency assistance, support
The training includes counselling
skills and understanding the short- and
long-term physical, psychological and
emotional impact of sexual assault
and rape, and addresses the myths
and attitudes society has about sexual
assault and abuse.
Standby adviser Dr Gaelle Ramon
said it’s essential to assure the
survivor there’s help at hand –
and that they’re not alone. Ramon
is one of 11 staff members who