(Sasha Lee Olivier) talks about crossing a safe line after the attack

(Sasha Lee Olivier) talks about crossing a safe line after the attack

(Sasha Lee Olivier) talks about crossing a safe line after the attack

Miss South Africa Sasha-Lee Olivier opened about how she survived abuse, both physical and s.e.xual.

To commemorate Women’s Month, she’s been hosting conversations on the trauma that follows gender-based violence (GBV) and s.e.xual abuse.

On Women’s Day, she visited the Frida Hartley Shelter in Yeoville, Johannesburg- a non-profit organization that empowers women through providing accommodation, psycho-social support, employment, and training.

During the visit, Olivier spoke to the ladies about the way to achieve empowerment through knowledge and discussed the sensible methods that survivors can use to manage the after-effects of the trauma.

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What an incredible day it was, to celebrate the resilience of South African women ✨ Although it was a day of good food 🍕🙂, luxurious pampering 💎, and storytelling- it was also a day of healing. ‘Safe spaces’ for women who have survived abuse should be high on the agenda. Its up to us to play our part 🇿🇦, and ensure that these shelters get the necessary support that they need. @fridahartley and @therealcherz I appreciate you for allowing us into your space and allowing us to spend time with you 💖 To the sponsors who made this day possible @lux_southafrica , @andiccio24 , @unileversa -your presence made these women feel so special, thank you for taking this on with me and taking a stand against GBV in our country 💖✊🏾 #sashsessions #misssa2019 #luxselfcaresundays #selfcare #andiccio24 #unileversouthafrica

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Cheryl Hlabane, Centre Operations Manager at Frida Hartley said it had been an honor to host Olivier on Women’s Day.

“Our country is facing another pandemic: gender-based violence, then we are pleased to possess Sasha to share her experience of s.e.xual abuse, which is that the story of the many women in our organization.”

She also offered pampering sessions to the ladies with the assistance of selected manicure brands.
(Sasha Lee Olivier) talks about crossing a safe line after the attack
“I shared with the ladies things I had found helpful; for instance, I find that knowing what happens mentally when panic sets in and the way to affect it, empowering. I had to find out the way to take my power back. I feel that I would like the ladies in Frida Hartley Shelter to understand they need relief options,” Olivier added.