What does it mean to truly seek justice for victims of sexual assault and abuse? What does this justice look like and who does it centre on? The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has continually sought to answer this question and push the state to act on its commitment to survivors of Sexual offences in South Africa. They recognise the way that different people and groups navigate the justice system, and the disparities in support for various kinds of survivors.
The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust works to ensure that sexual offence courts are set up all across South Africa. They work to keep the South African Government accountable to fulfilling its promise to roll out sexual offences courts across the country to provide specialised services, personnel and infrastructure to survivors of sexual offences. Because of their in-depth understanding of the justice system, they appreciate how integral a safe, reliable court system would be for survivors of sexual violence. These courts will offer various forms of support to survivors throughout the legal process whilst dealing with several commonly reported problems that survivors often face when pursuing justice against perpetrators of sexual violence.
The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust was awarded a grant to allow them to better advocate for the institutionalisation of these court systems that would provide support across board for all survivors of sexual violence, as well as hold authorities accountable for fulfilling all the mandates of the specialised courts. Their social media campaigns and community mobilisation activities have helped bring awareness to their cause and encouraged commitment from various community members.
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