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1 “ Help at your Finger Tips” Ending violence against women in South Africa Tears Foundation® Transform Education About Rape and Sexual Abuse 1

2 A nationally accessible assistance and support network for victims of rape, abuse and domestic violence. The TEARS service leverages the rapid growth of mobile phone networks in the health services more effectively. Currently the service is active in all nine provinces in South Africa and the development and research is on-going! Dial the Tears helpline *120*7355# and receive (in approx. 45 seconds) the contact details of three service providers, within your immediate vicinity. These service providers deal with all aspects of domestic violence, rape & abuse. (20c/20s) 2

3 Did you know? 20% of all South Africa’s population own smart phones Did you know? 20% of all South Africa’s population own smart phones is an assistance directory for Rape and Abuse victims is a mobile phone portal linked to a database of service providers. The service provides information via cell phone, using simple prompt based technology, (USSD for basic phones and Mobi & GPS for smart phones) which tracks the location of the caller/rape victim and ‘instantly’ (in approx. 45 seconds) sends back details of the nearest care facility to the caller. Due to the diverse nature of the South African mobile phone market, this mobile portal works on a basic feature and is available to users who do not have access to the mobile internet. Therefore, This will work on all mobile phones. 3

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6 WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THE TEARS SERVICE? This is the only consolidated list of it’s kind in South Africa, this is an African First! Tears was nominated for the Accenture Innovation Awards with 190 other participants – Tears was chosen as one of the top five finalist in the Innovative Concept category! The service can be used by any one with a mobile phone! Assisting the community to know where to go for help, 24/7! Striving for a solution to be free from sexual violence and rape! An instantly accessible database consist of information of over 3000 care facilities ready to assist with all aspects of rape & abuse! Facilitates better care, proper support and positive outcomes for victims! 6

7 Timeline for “Help at your fingertips” PHASE I:Current “Help at your Fingertips” service launched on Women’s day (9 August 2013) service providers on the Tears Database Report back system shows 7589 mobile numbers used this service since date of launch (from August to December) PHASE II:In Process SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation – National service Provider) have been requested to provide time for a PSA (Public Service Announcement) introducing the Tears “Help at your fingertips” service over different Media sources PHASE III: Emergency Service Call centre – currently under development PHASE IV:Planned Cell Phone Application – keep record of all legal documents relevant to the case in the Cloud Police docket, medical reports and all relevant information PHASE V: Extend the information on the service show more detailed information i.e. specific needs: Rape, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Physical Abuse, Bullying etc. Physical address, Costs involved etc. 7

8 Mara Glennie says, "My motivation comes from a deeply personal space. I myself was a victim of violence and tried to report it at the local Police Station. I was told to come back on a Monday between 8.00 and It was 6.00pm, Friday! I felt helpless and desperate and did not know where to turn. The memory of that feeling has never left me. Each of the women involved in this initiative or someone close to them, has had their own experience, and understands how it feels to be powerless and hopeless." Mara Glennie, Founder of TEARS The reason for Tears 8

9 Rape is a 4 letter word everyone in South Africa knows: Tears is a bridge between those affected by Rape and Abuse and service providers of appropriate quality care centers. Tears aims to be an agent of Transformation for all aspects for Education about Rape and Abuse in order to promote positive change in societal values and attitudes, where the right to say “NO” is upheld as a basic human right; where victims of rape and abuse are treated with empathy and dignity; where access to legal, medical and psychological support is easily available to each and every member of society, regardless of gender, race or economic status. 9

10 How the service works – Part 1 USSD - Unstructured Supplementary Service Data Dial *120*7355# Press 1 to continue Follow Prompts Thank you message will be received A message will appear with 3 service providers in the immediate vicinity Costs: SMS sent by caller/victim – 20c/20sec SMS received by victim – (20c per SMS) paid by TEARS Foundation 10

11 How the service Works – Part 2 Smart Phones Directions to Service Provider Go to Tearsmobi.storefind.co.za & Allow your GPS to locate your position. The cell phone will automatically access the database and locate the 3 nearest service providers. It will show the location on the map, one must then choose the one you need and the GPS will direct the victim to the one they chose. 11

12 Summary The TEARS innovation is an application that forms the bridge between the victim and the help they desperately need. It’s a service immediately available(approx. 45 sec – at a cost of 20c/20sec. Accessible throughout South Africa – all provinces Can be accessed from any cellphone & any network. 24/7 access. Instant response when looking for a “help” provider When “Phase III” is implemented, there will be immediate response in the event of an emergency in the near future. 20c/20Sec 12

13 South African figures 3 children are raped every minute! * child rape in South Africa had reached ‘epidemic proportions’ Every 8 hours a woman in South Africa is murdered by her intimate partner. * Every 25 seconds a woman or girl is raped in South Africa* 1 out of 4 women in South Africa is in an abusive relationship. * Rape has a real effect on HIV/Aids – MRC’s recent statistics indicate that about 5.4 million people out of a total population of 48 million in South Africa are infected with the HI virus. 3 It is therefore appropriate that HIV was taken into account while drafting the new legislation. Violent or forced sex can increase the risk of transmitting HIV to both women and men. This can occur in the following ways: Only one in seven rapes are reported * Statistics in South Africa is not very accurate 13

14 South Africa has one of the highest “use of cell phones” per capita in the world, this service will be accessible, especially to those in the lower income sectors. The response service is free. This is a first of its kind for Rape and abuse victims in South Africa, a much needed help in a society called “The Rape Capital of the World”. It can happen to any one… Even Miss World Linor Abargil sometimes spelled Linor Aberjil; born February 17, 1980) is an Israeli beauty pageant contestant who won the Miss World beauty pageant in 1998, shortly after being raped.Israelibeauty pageantMiss World 14

15 Notes: TEARS – Transform Education About Rape and Sexual abuse, is an agent of transformation for all aspects of education about Rape and sexual abuse in order to promote positive change in societal values and attitudes, where the right to say “NO” is upheld as a basic human right; where victims of rape and sexual abuse are treated with empathy and dignity; where access to legal, medical and psychological support is easily available to each and every member of society, regardless of gender, race or economic status. Victims of rape and abuse need help and fast to reach a specialist care facility timeously. TEARS – a South African NGO which works in this arena – has initiated an easy way in which victims can access the support they need should these circumstances occur. TEARS’ innovative solution for Rape and Abuse victims is a mobile phone portal linked to a database of service providers which provides information via a cell phone using simple prompt based technology (USSD for basic phones and Mobi & GPS for smart phones) which tracks the location of the caller/rape victim and ‘instantly’ (in approx. 45 seconds) sends back details of the nearest care facility providing immediate support to victims of rape and sexual assault. All victims need to do is to dial *120*7355#. Callers will connect with a confidential service which will provide the information mentioned above. Care facilities mentioned in the reply do not charge for their services. Callers will incur a small charge from the cell-phone at 20c/20sec. LifeBoard is a unique, board game-based intervention that offers teachers & facilitators a comprehensive, easy to use instructional tool to educate learners on the issue of rape and sexual abuse. The Program’s educational benefits extend beyond the game, with a planned interactive website and nationally broadcast SABC television program also proposed. The LifeBoard game is a proactive intervention to a problem which has thus many been dealt through reactive approaches. In particular, the board game allows individuals to actively learn about and engage with an issue that is inherently difficult to talk about. The Department of Basic Education(SA) and LeadSA jointly launched a campaign in February 2013 to raise rape awareness and educate the 10.2 million learners in South African schools, there has been little evidence of tangible action up to this point. However, the campaign recognized the urgency of the situation amongst learners and is a platform to build on. TEARS aim to help victims become survivors. Our mission is to support, empower, validate and educate survivors, as well as their families and supporters. The core of the organisation is education by means of a fun, educational game. Learners need to know that they are not alone, they are not so broken that they can’t heal. The vision of TEARS is to use LifeBoard as a tool to empower learners and their community to take control of the problems before it occurs. This is an opportunity to initiate proactive change by educating individuals and encourage open critical communication in order to initiate a shift in social attitude and behaviour. – 15

16 Rape and sexual abuse education through an interactive and participative game All children have the right to safety and protection. Everyone in South Africa has a role to play in ensuring that our children are protected from harm, neglect, substance abuse, sexual assault, peer victimization and being injured or traumatised. As a nation, we need to act now in a pro-active way to address the problem, to educate and protect our youth and to give assistance to rape survivors wherever they may be. TEARS has designed an interactive board game to educate learners and find a way to start talking about rape and sexual abuse in our society, where such behaviour has become the norm and at the same time taboo which is a significant challenge. However, LifeBoard offers an opportunity to overcome this issue. LifeBoard is an interactive and participative game, practical and understandable, therefore easy to implement the. This game is much fun and creates a lively and excitement-filled atmosphere. This is relevant to children and communities for the creation of lines of communication in a non-threatening environment. It allows for both extroverts and introverts to participate with ease, therefore making it a lot easier for the facilitator. Learning through play Countless studies have shown that learning takes place most effectively through entertainment and engagement than through traditional instruction, especially with sensitive subjects. LifeBoard’s fun non-threatening format allows difficult or sensitive subjects to be addressed in a group setting, which creates further reinforcement. Combining learning and play has a doubling effect. The play aspect enhances learning which takes place effortlessly and is reinforced. Secondly the learning structure behind LifeBoard creates a space for motivated play development: confidence, group activity, peer leadership and social skilling take place rapidly under these conditions. Moreover the “breaking the ice” function of all games build further unity and makes learning easier. LifeBoard is a unique, board game-based intervention that offers teachers & facilitators a comprehensive, easy to use instructional tool to educate learners on the issue of rape and sexual abuse. The Program’s educational benefits extend beyond the game, with a planned interactive website and nationally broadcast SABC television program also proposed. The LifeBoard game is a proactive intervention to a problem which has thus many been dealt through reactive approaches. In particular, the board game allows individuals to actively learn about and engage with an issue that is inherently difficult to talk about. The Department of Basic Education(SA) and LeadSA jointly launched a campaign in February 2013 to raise rape awareness and educate the 10.2 million learners in South African schools, there has been little evidence of tangible action up to this point. However, the campaign recognized the urgency of the situation amongst learners and is a platform to build on. TEARS aim to help victims become survivors. Our mission is to support, empower, validate and educate survivors, as well as their families and supporters. The core of the organisation is education by means of a fun, educational game. Learners need to know that they are not alone, they are not so broken that they can’t heal. The vision of TEARS is to use LifeBoard as a tool to empower learners and their community to take control of the problems before it occurs. This is an opportunity to initiate proactive change by educating individuals and encourage open critical communication in order to initiate a shift in social attitude and behaviour. – 16 Additional Youth Project

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