Stand to End Rape Initiative (S.T.E.R) works to meet its mission through an array of programs and services focused on strengthening and empowering survivors of rape. The organisation also places an emphasis on preventative programming targeting sexual violence and abuse.
One of the biggest impediments to ending SGBV is the absence of policies. At the Stand to End Rape Initiative, we have worked to influence decision-makers to formulate, evaluate and implement laws that would help provide justice for survivors, punishment for perpetrators and reduce the occurrence of SGBV. Some of the policies we have influenced are:
- The VAPP law through our #PassVAPPAct project.
- The Sexual harassment Policy.
Good intentions are not enough to implement change. Stakeholders and community members need to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources to enable organisations and communities to survive, adapt, and thrive. We are particular about providing people with the right tools and resources needed to help survivors of SGBV thrive.
A major part of ending rape and sexual violence and abuse is building the capacity of citizens to prevent incidents from happening. Our awareness seminars focus on engaging people on the roles we all play in prevention recognising potential risk factors in the community and where to go if an incident occurs.
Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Everyone has the right to accessible, affordable, and adequate health care that takes into account their cultural needs. They have the right to access health care without discrimination and they have the right to health care that responds to their particular needs. We also major in a range of prevention and treatment services.
Sexual Violence and Abuse Education
We provide a series of resources and educational materials to educate communities on rape prevention and sexual violence and abuse. Additionally, we partner with local, public, and private institutions to better disseminate information in the community.
Survivors of rape oftentimes feel stigmatised and may have trouble coping or addressing their experience. Through our rape survivors network, we provide a platform for peer engagement, so survivors know they are not alone. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and learn from others.
Realising the sensitive nature of the experiences of survivors, we work with healthcare professionals to provide therapeutic services. Individuals can get continual counselling, support, and treatment.