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Too many abuse victims fear speaking out against attackers - forum

Mitchells Plain Crisis Forum now offers assistance at the click of a button with the launch of a hotline that can also be used for anonymous tip-offs.

Mitchells Plain Crisis Forum chairperson Joanie Fredericks. Picture: Cape Talk

CAPE TOWN – The Mitchells Plain Crisis Forum says that too many victims of abuse are fearful of speaking out against their attackers and seeking help.

The organisation now offers assistance at the click of a button with the launch of a hotline that can also be used for anonymous tip-offs.

Forum chairperson Joanie Fredericks started the organisation in March following the murder of 11-year-old Stacha Arendse in Tafelsig.

The Mitchells Plain Crisis Forum has added a "Call Now" option to its Facebook Page.

A click on the button from a cellphone directly connects the victim to the group's chairperson.

Referring to a case in which a baby was murdered by her mother’s drug user boyfriend, Fredericks says that it is these kinds of matters that need intervention.

“Maybe one of the reasons why a mother wouldn’t talk about this, even if they suspect something, maybe it’s because of the fear of not knowing who to talk to.”

Victims can also contact Fredericks via WhatsApp or alternatively drop a message in the organisation’s Facebook inbox.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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