Sexual violence is associated with significantly increased probability of depression, thoughts of suicide, attempted suicide, unwanted pregnancy, pregnancy complications or miscarriages, sexually transmitted diseases and alcohol abuse.
Gender-based violence results in immediate costs for households and communities. This is mirrored on a nation-wide scale, by harming economic development and increasing poverty. Many studies also show that increased poverty can trigger an increase in gender-based violence.
In South Africa, nearly 20 000 girl children are raped and report it to the police each year.
Are one-stop facilities that have been introduced as a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy, aiming to reduce secondary victimisation, improve conviction rates and reduce the cycle time for finalisation of cases. The Thuthuzela project is led by the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) unit of the National Prosecuting Authority.
What if we knew why abuse happens?
Dec 17, 2015