The organisation’s main objectives are to provide crisis pregnancy counselling; post abortion counselling; education and counselling regarding HIV/AIDS if required; and education around the dangers and possible consequences of teenage sexual activities.
Our day to day activity is to provide information, options and support to women dealing with an unplanned pregnancy to empower them to make informed and responsible decisions for the child and themselves.
Nea-Zoia offers you a friendly calm space, an active listening ear, relevant information and time to think through the decision-making process. We provide ongoing support and practical assistance for as long as needed.
If you have had an abortion and are experiencing difficulties, Nea-Zoia's counsellors can provide you with the required support. They can help you come to terms with your experience, work through your thoughts and emotions and enable you to face the future with new hope.
We know that an unplanned pregnancy can create a lot of questions with no easy answers. Nea-Zoia's counsellors can help you understand your options, as everyone should have access to this information. Our services are provided free of charge.
BEING RAPED ?
It is estimated that a violent attack of rape happens every five minutes and that 1 in 3 women in South Africa will be raped.
What to do if you have been raped:
- Get to a safe place.
- Tell someone as soon as possible. The sooner you tell someone the sooner help is available.
- Tell someone you trust and ask them to go with you to get help. It can be a friend, family member, or anyone that you feel safe with.
- You can get help by going to your nearest clinic, hospital crisis centre, local NGO/NPO, nearest police station, or phone a Life Line centre. All you need to do to access help is to tell them what happened.
- Remember not to take a bath or shower, and not to go to the toilet if possible.
- Do not change your clothes unless you really have to.
- If you do change your clothes, undress over a sheet of newspaper (as plastic will destroy the evidence) and bring everything with you in a paper bag.
- In order to get PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) to prevent you contracting HIV, you must be seen at a crisis centre before 72 hours (3days) have passed.
- There is also treatment available to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections as a result of the attack.
- It is always important to seek help if you have been sexually assaulted, no matter how long after the event.
- The decision of whether or not to report the incident is a very important one, and is entirely your decision, unless one is under the age of 16 years.
- A rape case can be opened any time after the rape, but the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to investigate and gather evidence.
- The rape can be reported at any police station within the magisterial district where the rape occurred.
- Female rape/sexual assault survivors are able to give their statements to a female police officer, in private, at the police station.
- You may request your companion be with you.
- You will need to tell the police what happened, this is called a statement, and they will then give you a case number. It is important to keep this case number so that you can follow the progress of your case.
- The police will issue a form J88 and then take you to the nearest rape crisis centre / crisis clinic.
- Once a rape is reported it becomes the state’s case and the survivor is only a witness.
- Should a survivor not want the case to be investigated, permission for withdrawal can only be granted by a magistrate.