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TEARS Foundation provides access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counselling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Confidential services are provided to all victims at no charge!


TEARS Foundation is a private, registered non-profit organisation in terms of the Non-profit Organisation’s Act (Act 71 of 1997) TEARS NPO number: 138-020

Registered as a Public Benefit Organisation in terms of Section 18A (click here to download) of the Income Tax Act (Act 58 of 1962). PBO number: 9300 42 695

Confidential services are provided to all victims at no charge.

For help, you can dial *134*7355# and follow the prompts OR call us on 010 590 5920 OR send us a message to our Facebook page OR email

Whether it be rape, sexual assault, violence or abuse it is an act that is carried out without your consent! You did not agree to it! It is a crime!

TEARS Foundation is a women led organization help is provided regardless of ethnicity, religion, culture or socio-economic background or location, TEARS Foundation provides assistance nationwide with a 24 hour free SMS service to anyone who has access to a cellphone.

The service identifies the closest centre to you and we link or connect victims to facilities that offer the following services:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group counselling/ couples counselling
  • Support groups
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • We link victims to emergency shelters
  • Refer to medical facilities for medical attention (for rape victims) so they get access to:
    • Antiretrovirals (ARVs) treatment to avoid the infection of Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (HIV) because HIV is preventable
    • The morning after pill to avoid unwanted pregnancy from the rape
    • Antibiotics for possible Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
    • Blood tests to test for date rape drugs in the blood system
    • Internal medical examination to see and treat the extend of the victims injuries
    • Access to a medical facility that issues a J88 for court purposes
  • We follow-up with the police on behalf of victims who have case numbers
  • We give them advice on how to apply for a protection order
  • We refer child victims to child friendly facilities
  • We guide women and men on how to leave abusive relationships

“Our teardrop logo is a symbol for weeping at the violence and degradation suffered by rape and abuse victims; but,more importantly, it is a symbol of cleansing, healing and hope”

Mara Glennie

Against all odds, Mara survived a life-threatening event involving grievous bodily harm. After she recovered she founded TEARS, an organisation that provides a support network for victims of rape and abuse. Her aim is to enable victims of rape and sexual abuse to find the assistance, comfort and compassion they need. She is passionate about women’s rights and the fact that despite our progressive laws and many studies done on violence against women in South Africa, women still have very little protection. She has been a crusader for social issues over the past six decades and the driving force and facilitator behind numerous development conventions and training initiatives to change the perception of the community and public in general around rape, abuse and Gender-based violence.

Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is the forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault.

Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person’s consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent (16)

Date rape is forcible sexual intercourse during a voluntary social engagement in which the “victim” did not intend to submit to the sexual advances and resisted the acts (either by verbal refusal, denials or pleas to stop, and/or physical resistance).

Sexual assault can range from inappropriate touching, to a life-threatening attack, rape or any other penetration of the mouth, vagina, anus or drug facilitated sexual assault. It’s a myth that victims of sexual assault always look battered and bruised. A sexual assault may leave no outward signs, but it’s still a crime.

Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, sexual assault, violation, rape, unjust practices; wrongful practice or custom; offence; crime, or otherwise verbal aggression.

Emotional abuse (also known as psychological abuse) is any act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilization, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth.

Physical abuse is an intentional act of another party involving contact intended to cause feelings of physical pain, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily harm.

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, dating abuse, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is a pattern of behaviour which involves the abuse by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating or within the family. Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects, battery), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.

Bishop Desmond Tutu

“It’s time to talk to our children about rape” The social justice icon argues that “stopping rape also means talking about it at the dinner table”

Nelson Mandela

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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