KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Janet Aguti

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM
THIS CASE STUDY

Youth
Health Practitioners/professionals
Communities

KEY CATEGORIES

Health Education

Youth

Women’s Rights

Violence Against Women

Access to Information

CONTACT CTIN

CASE STUDY

Totya Platform: Providing a safe space for victims and/or survivors

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

Totya Platform

totyaplatform@gmail.com

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

Live

Uganda

N/A

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CASE STUDY

Totya Platform is a non-profit cause that provides free online counselling services to survivors of sexual violence. Totya platform services can be anonymously accessed through an online platform via SMS, website, and WhatsApp.

WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM AND APPROACH?

According to Uganda Police’s Annual Crime Report for 2016 22% of women aged 15 to 49 in Uganda had experienced some form of sexual violence. The report also shows that; every year 13% of women aged 15 to 49 report experiencing sexual violence meaning, up to more than a million women are exposed to sexual violence every year in Uganda.

Talking or sharing about sexual offences like rape, sodomy, defilement, and many others are considered shameful and to a certain extent due to taboo and some cultural attachment towards sexuality in general. Individuals who have been abused often lack a place to get support because of fear of stigmatisation from society. It is worse for the male victims since society believes that they are the abusers and cannot be abused hence affecting their esteem even more. They often end up suffering in silence and believing that something is wrong with them while staying unempowered.

The Solution

Totya created a platform to give room for these victims and survivors to share their stories without fear of exposure, and to get the help they needed. The platform provides anonymity for victims and survivors.

The Totya Platform provides professional counselling services to victims via their toll-free number (0800220630 -Uganda) or via their WhatsApp or SMS number (075296003). The organisation also forms self-help groups in localised areas and meet to share experiences and provide support to each other.

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