Rape Crisis Auckland (RCA) was formed in the 1970s to offer free support and counselling to survivors of rape and sexual abuse. At the time it was one of the few agencies in Auckland working in the field of sexual violence.
During the late 1970s and 1980s several other agencies emerged in Auckland to offer support and counselling to survivors of sexual abuse and rape. It was also the 1980s that saw RCA become a member of the National Collective of Rape Crisis and Related Groups. In the mid 1990s, Rape Crisis Auckland decided to focus its energy on the prevention of rape and sexual abuse, and this was agreed at an Annual General meeting. This change in focus meant that RCA would no longer provide face-to-face counselling to survivors of sexual violence.
In November 2000 Rape Crisis Auckland became disaffiliated from the National Collective of Rape Crisis Groups (which are based on a collective structure). To alert the communities awareness to the change in focus, RCA changed its name in 2006 to Rape Prevention Education Whakatu Mauri (RPE). As Rape Prevention Education Whakatu Mauri (RPE), we continue to foster a cooperative working relationship with the National Collective of Rape Crisis and Te Ohaaki o Hine-National Network to End Sexual Violence Together ( TOAH-NNEST) in advocating for the elimination of sexual violence.
RPE’s focus is now on the prevention of sexual violence and the promotion of healthy sexual relationships. We achieve this through our education and training programmes, information services, media work and special projects.