GBV (Gender Based Violence) Forum petitions for post-rape medical care in Diepsloot

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    In the recognition of 16 days of no violence against women and children, on the 29th of November 2019, the GBV Forum engaged the Community in a dialogue session that focused on the challenges that they experience in Diepsloot and to find possible solutions. Some of the challenges or difficulties experienced were rape, substance abuse, and the high incidence of domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and the lack of post-rape medical care in Diepsloot. During the discussions the GBV Forum, together with the Community agreed that the post-rape medical care services are a necessity and a matter of urgency in Diepsloot.

    The need for these services is because Diepsloot has two public clinics, and neither clinic is equipped with the resources and facilities to offer post-rape medical to victims of sexual assault and rape. Compounding the issue of lack of services in Diepsloot is the fact that the Diepsloot Police Station does not contain a specialist unit for rape and sexual assault cases. This means that victims who report incidents of rape and sexual assault must wait for an officer from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit with jurisdiction over Diepsloot, which is one hour away. Victims are then transported to the closest hospital or clinic to receive post-rape medical care which is 30km or more away”.

    The consequences of not having access to post-rape medical care have disadvantaged the Diepsloot community, especially its women and children. The short-term and long-term effects of sexual assault and rape cannot be adequately addressed without proper access to medical care.

    The Forum hopes that the Department of Health will take this matter into consideration and act swiftly as this, is a crucial need for the Community and further challenges everybody to do their part towards the change of no violence against women and children in our community and beyond.

    For more info you can contact one of the following Organisations :

    Green Door Women’s Shelter, Brown Lekekela 065 247 3643 and brownlekekela@gmail.com

    Sadag Support Group Nono Maseko 083 649 8639 and nonnie@anxiety.org.za

    Diepsloot GBV Forum: Rethabile Mosese on rethabile.mosese@lva.org.za