The Simon’s Town Museum on Court Road, came across The Handbag Project and sent us this letter and appeal for assistance towards a worthy cause for Women’s Day.
We recently came across The Handbag Project which was founded by The Jes Foord Foundation. The handbags are filled with personal comfort items and are given to rape survivors during the initial reporting process at police stations.
These are things such as a facecloth, soap, deodorant spray, new underwear, etc. Typically, any item of clothing with forensic evidence on it must be taken from the rape victim, at a time she already feels so vulnerable. She then must undergo physical examination before being allowed to shower. A handbag with ‘comfort’ items in it can go a long way in helping the victim feel a little better.
We feel very strongly about the issue of rape and would appreciate any donations of UNUSED OR GOOD, SECOND-HAND HANDBAGS that we can donate towards the Handbag project, from our Simon’s Town Museum family. Please ask others that you know, to assist if they are able.
We are also appealing for the following items as suggested by the JF Foundation’s website: Panties (S,M,L); face cloths; sanitary towels; soap (liquid/bar); body lotion (small); toothpaste; toothbrush; shampoo (small/decanted); deodorant; comb; tissues; chocolate; hair clips/bands; a small soft toy and a note – words of comfort/care.
Deadline for donations: 28th August 2014
Thank you so much for your kind support!
Simon’s Town Museum: The Residency, Court Road, Simon’s Town
Contact: +27 21 786-3046
Opening Hours: 10h00- 16h00 Mon-Fri ; 10h00 – 13h00 Sat
Admission: R10 Adults; R5 Children | Groups welcome.
Cape Point Route is commends Simon’s Town Museum for taking a stand and helping the Handbag Project and The Jes Foord Foundation who relies on donations from companies and individuals who have the urge to bring hope to hundreds of people going through the harrowing aftermath of rape.
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