Miss World SA, Sasha-Lee, is using her platform to bring comfort and care to sexual assault survivors by raising funds to make 10,000 rape comfort packs.
South Africa – Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier, Miss World South Africa 2019, is a sexual abuse survivor and she has chosen to use her platform to make a difference in the lives of thousands of other sexual abuse and assault survivors in South Africa!
Sasha-Lee has teamed up with The Angel Network and active citizen Penny Stein to raise funds for 10,000 rape care kits. The Angel Network started the working with Penny earlier this year when a special on Carte Blanche revealed that most police stations, hospitals and clinics didn’t have rape kits or any form of comfort to assist victims.
Penny was mortified and quickly got working with the Angel Network to make a difference. The Angel Network donated R250,000 to purchase the stock (36,000 products) and spent days packing 2500 rape care packs. The packs cost R120.00 and contain the following:
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Shower gel
- Teddy Bear
- Body lotion
- Face cloth
- Deodorant (men & women pack)
- Mouthwash (adults only)
- Sanitary pads (women pack)
- Sweets (for the sugar)
- A juice
- A personalised note
There are eight different packs for women, men, girls and boys of different age groups. Sasha-Lee decided to join the movement and assist the Angel Network and Penny with access to more packs. Since the Angel Network made up their 2500 packs, they have given 2000 away in less than a month!
Miss World SA, Sasha-Lee has committed to this cause for the duration of her reign and all the years beyond it. The Miss World 2019 pageant takes place this December in London. Sasha-Lee will take her cause all the way to the international stage.
Her hope is to raise R1,120,000.00, which will be used to purchase enough for 10,000 care packs.
“I am a sexual abuse survivor and for my Miss World Beauty with a Purpose project, I want to raise funds from corporates and individuals to buy, pack and distribute Rape Comfort Packs. My campaign partners are the Angel Network and active citizen, Penny Stein. It is R120 per pack and includes a variety of hygiene products, a teddy bear and also a note to reassure the sexual abuse and assault survivors that it is NOT their fault and to restore dignity to the survivors. We compile packs for men and females of different ages too. This project is very close to my heart as I can speak from experience.
This is also a campaign that I want to champion post my year of reign and pledge to make it my permanent mission to raise funds and assist emotionally by distributing 10,000 of these dignity packs.
I am fully aware of the limited access to medical rape kits but I am determined to assist women on an emotional level as this is one of the things that I wished for more than anything when I was reporting my case. It is the main reason why I have decided to distribute the Comfort Packs; it is the reason for my #itsnotyourfault campaign.
The more funds I am able to raise, the more packs we can distribute. For only R120 a donor can restore dignity in a rape survivor’s life.”
If you would like to support Sasha-Lee, the Miss World representative for South Africa, you can find her crowdfund via BackaBuddy here, and if you would like to follow her journey, you can follow her Instagram here.
There is so much hope in South Africa and with dedicated women like Sasha, Penny and everyone at the Angel Network, that hope can grow and spread! We wish Sasha-Lee the best for her Miss World journey, we’re holding thumbs!