Barriers to Accessing Post-Rape Health Care in South Africa

cover of research report " I feel for rape surviviors"The Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit is a Shukumisa partner based at the University of Cape Town. This report was recently published by Stefanie Röhrs and looks at rape survivors access to Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) treatment for rape survivors in South Africa:

“South Africa struggles with high rates of both sexual offences and HIV/AIDS. In order to address rape survivors’ vulnerability to HIV infection as a result of having been raped, the legislature introduced HIV-related services when they reformed South Africa’s law on sexual offences. Under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, commonly referred to as the Sexual Offences Act, rape survivors have the right to receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV, free of charge at public health care facilities.

In light of these legal developments, the Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit (GHJRU) undertook a two-year project to examine whether rape survivors are able to access PEP and other post-rape healthcare services.

The GHJRU undertook a study with fieldwork in five provinces – Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Free State and Gauteng – to assess the implementation of the law on PEP from the perspective of both providers (health care workers  and police officers) and rape survivors.”

Download the report: I Feel for Rape Survivors, but I don’t have the time, I’m always running

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