Learners from Vector College during
the National Child Protection Day
“Talking is Therapy and Therapy
ODF was founded in 2002 by a
survivor of sexual violence. When she began talking openly about her history
of childhood sexual violence on Youth Station YFM, Andile did not only save
the life of the young girl who was about to commit suicide, she provoked
national dialogue on issues of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
She put on the spot light, the debate on freedom from fear, abuse, violation
and indeed fear of men. This debate led to the Founding of the Open Disclosure
Foundation, whose agenda is
to ensure that there is zero tolerance to sexual violence, and provide a
platform for dialogue, support and therapy to those at risk, victims and
survivors of sexual violence.
The Foundations’ work has been
recognized and celebrated over the past eight years through the awarding
of the Prestigious Ashoka Fellowship and Clinton Democracy Fellowship.
The Open Disclosure Foundation
focuses on providing psychosocial support to survivors of sexual violence
and their families through the three main areas, prevention, treatment and
• Prevention: We
raise awareness, educate and inform communities on their rights, access
to various forms of legislation and policies which can improve the quality
of their lives.
and care focuses on the creation of an enabling environment through counseling
and therapy for victims, survivor and persons at risk and their families.
• After care focuses
on follow-up of clients and their families after therapeutic intervention
as well as referral to other institutions for further assistance and empowerment
where the need arises.