Today's Big Stories, Spotlight on Rape

Sexual offences police unit urges rape survivors to report cases within 72 hours

Rape survivors have been urged to report their cases within 72 hours of the incident, where possible, to help police gather forensic evidence for use in court.

Nevertheless, all victims are still encouraged to come forward, regardless of the date of the incident.

The family violence, child protection and sexual offenses (FCS) unit says its mandate is to investigate cases of sexual assault affecting children, men and women.

The FCS unit is dispatched to different South African Police Service (Saps) stations across Cape Town and members are trained to serve rape victims 24 hours a day.

FCS Acting commander Willie Reyneveld says that it is important to make the victim comfortable when reporting cases of rape.

At each police station, there is a victim support room. Also on duty, there is a trauma counsellor to debrief and help the victim.

Willie Reyneveld, Saps Warrant Officer

Reyneveld says the unit does not face a shortage of rape kits, and says rape kits are made available when FCS members are dispatched.

He says the protocol involves a medical assessment, help with the police statement, securing the crime scene and taking the victim to a Thuthuzela Care Centre.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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