Steps to stop abused women dropping cases

2012-11-25 22:21

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Kimberley - In the near future it would be illegal for abused women to withdraw criminal cases against their perpetrators, the SABC quoted Women and Children Minister Lulu Xingwana as saying on Sunday.

She was speaking in Kimberley, where she launched the 16 days of activism campaign for no violence against women and children.

Xingwana said the current review of the Gender based Violence Act would assist in bringing perpetrators to book

She said despite sexual crimes being down by 14%, many women continue to die at the hands of their partners.

"We have seen many women that have been killed by their husbands, by their partners. Those are some of the victims that have withdrawn cases and we are saying we have got to let the law take its cause," the minister said.

Childline in the Northern Cape raised alarm about the increase in sexual crimes against boys.


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