In the 2013/14 period alone, 62 649 sexual offences were reported at South African police stations.
For survivors who report this crime, the police station is often their first entry into the criminal justice process. The Soth African Police Services has the potential to transform a survivor’s experience – it may either empower a survivor to report the case and continue through the criminal justice system or may cause a survivor further suffering through secondary victimisation and trauma.
The Shukumisa Campaign undertook monitoring of health facilities, courts, and police stations between 26 November 2013 and 13 September 2014 to assess their readiness to meet these standards and their readiness to provide adequate support to survivors. This particular report relates only to the results of the police monitoring, which took place in four provinces.
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