Spotlight on Rape

Spotlight on Rape: What to do in an event of rape

Violence against women is ongoing, and with the recent surge of attacks, CapeTalk is putting the Spotlight on Rape.

The Pippa Hudson Show focuses today on what to do in the event of rape.

What sort of services should be made available to survivors? What options are available to you if you are rape?

Pippa speaks to two social workers about their experiences on the ground. Nozuko Conjwa from Nonceba Counselling Centre in Khayelitsha, and Shiralee McDonald, counselling co-ordinator at Rape Crisis Observatory give listeners practical advice on dealing with rape.

According to McDonald, many people don’t know what to do after they’ve been raped.

She talks about some of the barriers in the justice system that are failing the rape victims, such as police officers incompetence when it comes to taking statements.

Listen to the full conversation below:

There are many barriers such as the police officers at the community centre not being well trained to understand what his role is

Shiralee McDonald, counselling co-ordinator at Rape Crisis Observatory

Conjwa says there is under reporting of rape cases, because the perpetrator is often known to the child, which leads to the victim feeling intimidated.

She says the child's age also contributes to under reporting of rape cases because a child under 14 years cannot go to report a case alone without an adult, and in many cases the child has no adult to turn to.

Listen to further discussions below:

We try very hard to create awareness around the community and we have some community members and stakeholders that are assisting so that people are aware that reporting is helpful.

Nozuko Conjwa from Nonceba Counselling Centre in Khayelitsha

On going counseling is also important because we do not want a situation where a child would have post-traumatic stress later in life.

Nozuko Conjwa from Nonceba Counselling Centre in Khayelitsha

What most people do not understand is that there are two processes that take place - the medical and forensic processes.

Shiralee McDonald, counselling co-ordinator at Rape Crisis Observatory

McDonald highlighted that even if the victim doesn't want to go forward with the case, they are urged to report it. They will need medical attention like HIV testing, morning after pill and medication for STI's.

[Watch] Pippa Hudson's visit to Nonceba Family Counselling Centre


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