Seven reports of rape in and outside of the university, and nineteen cases of sexual harassment cases have been reported at UCT this year. Following discussions on campus last year, the Sexual Assault Response Team (Sart) was set up at the university in February 2016.
Chairperson Associate Professor Sinegugu Duma joins CapeTalk's John Maytham on the line to give an update on these figures reported in Sart's quarterly report.
Duma says she does feel the presence of the team has helped people feel more comfortable about reporting these incidents of sexual harassment and violence.
We have people who are not necessarily violated within the university, that are coming up and reporting and utilising the services within the university. It means suddenly people know that there are services in the university and they can use it.— Associate Professor Sinegugu Duma, Sart Chairperson
She agrees given the sexual violence statistics in South Africa, the reported numbers may not reflect reality as yet.
Not everyone who is violated reports.— Associate Professor Sinegugu Duma, Sart Chairperson
But she feels the awareness about reporting is beginning to improve.
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