In 1994, Alison Botha was a 20-year-old living in Port Elizabeth. She went out on the night of 18 December 1994 to drop her friend at home and pick up her laundry. When she returned, a man emerged from the darkness and abducted her at knife-point. In an ordeal that lasted 90 minutes, she was driven to the outskirts of town and raped by two men. They slit her throat seventeen times, cut her abdomen and left her for dead. Miraculously, Alison survived and she managed to walk to a road where she collapsed. She was saved by a passing medical student who saw her and rushed her to the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital.
The film Alison tells her story. Read the review here: http://www.elle.co.za/review-alison-the-movie/
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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The Shukumisa Mission
Our mission is to ensure that South African society takes the problem of rape seriously and does not tolerate stereotyped or prejudicial attitudes about rape; that civil society organisations are well resourced and engage in joint advocacy initiatives, and services to rape survivors are well resourced and well implemented; that laws, policies and systems are strengthened and improved; that conviction rates for rape are increased and there are more appropriate sentences for rapists.
These advocacy activities are divided into four themes:
1. Strengthening Law and Policy
2. Strengthening the Criminal Justice System
3. Strengthening the Gender Based Violence Sector
4. Strengthening the Shukumisa Campaign and Coalition
Download the report on our activities (pdf format)