Oostenberg Business Women Launch: 16 days of activism

I was invited to the launch of the Oostenberg Business Women. I always wanted to be part of an organization for business women but never knew how and what to do to be part of one.  Our first meeting was at Dione Lifestyle in Brackenfell.

Sunel Beeselaar one of our local  attorneys talked about different types of abuse. I never knew there was so many and that the worst kind of abuse is emotional abuse. The reason for this is you can’t show any scars and the emotional scars that you get takes a very long time to heal…

Erica Crous of the SAP talked about how to go about to get started and get out of an abusive relationship/marriage.  She also talked about women who just don’t want to get out even if all the resources are in place. Most of the time the women are afraid and due to their financial situation they stay in the abusive relationship. The most common reasons given are. ” I don’t have any money.” “I have nowhere to go.” “I don’t want to loose my children.”  All of these reasons sound legit when you say it to yourself, but there are people and places that are willing to help….

Adri Klindt of Huis Jabes talked to us about what they do and how they help victims of abuse.  She talked about some of the women who came to stay with them and who got out of the abusive relationship/marriage. Then she also told us that some of the ladies went back to their partners and the abusive relationship.

“We provide a temporary sanctuary for unlikely abuse victims

Huis Jabes, situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, provides a temporary home and rehabilitation centre to victims of family abuse who come from middle to high income communities. This includes physical, financial and emotional abuse. We provide meals, shelter, medical care, counselling and career guidance to empower these women to create a better future for themselves and their children.

Since our establishment in 2008, we have helped more than 400 women and children start the process of recovery and rehabilitation.” From the Huis Jabes Website

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