NWU Law Centre supports rape victims

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 04/11/2017 - 09:19

NWU Law Centre supports rape victims

The Community Law Centre of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Mafikeng embarked on another community project on 6 April 2017, distributing sanitary products to the local Thuthuzela Care/Rape Crisis Centre

The Centre donated almost a 100 packets of sanitary products to the rape crisis centre situated at the Mafikeng Provincial Hospital in Mahikeng.

“As part of their services to the community, these centres provide care parcels to rape victims, which include toiletries and basic necessities. Our donation will form part of these parcels,” said Mr Simon Rasikhalela, director of the Community Law Centre.

The Thuthuzela Care Centres.are a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy, aiming to reduce secondary trauma for the victim, improve perpetrator conviction rates and reduce the lead time for finalising cases. The centres operate in public hospitals in communities where the incidence of rape is particularly high, and are also linked to the sexual offences courts, a new and unique South African anti-rape intervention.

As part of the strategy, a specialised Sexual Offences Court is staffed by a committed cadre of prosecutors, social workers, investigating officers, magistrates, health professionals and police, and is located in close proximity of Thuthuzela.