SAPS launch new sexual offences project

2018-03-08 06:01

A PROJECT aimed to address sexual offence incidents in the community was launched at Umbhayi Informal Settlements on February 23.

The project which has been dubbed Superwoman will educate woman on sexual offences and procedures to be followed by victims when reporting the crime.

Police spokesperson in Tongaat Captain Patrick Ngwane, sector commander Sergeant Zanele Mkhwanazi and Phindile Guga from the Medical Research Council attended the launched and addressed residents.

Mkhwanazi identified the increase in sexual offences reported by the community and said some incidents resulted in victims being murdered.

She explained to the public about services available to victims of these crimes such as counselling, place of safety including health, justice and many more.

Victims of crime were encourage to report such incidents to the police and also to ensure that they do not bath or change clothes afterwards as body and clothes may contain evidence that may help the police with the investigation. Mkhwanazi advised women to avoid visiting deserted places at night as this may expose them to crime.

According to the MRC there is a difference between Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (Pep) and Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) which is a medical treatment available to prevent HIV infection.

Guga told the people that Post-Exposure Prophylaxis is ARV drugs that must be administered within 72 hours after the rape or sexual assault.
She further explained about the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEp) which is a tablet that is taken before an exposure to prevent any possible transmission.

Ngwane encouraged the people to report cases immediately to the police.

“When making a statement under oath they must tell the truth nothing else but the truth,” he said.

Ngwane explained the consequences of making false statement to a police officer under oath, that making a false statement could result to a person being charged for perjury and sentenced to imprisonment.

He advised the public that those who may fall victim to sexual violence must call the crime stop number on 08600 10111.

“No victim may be turned away simply because the alleged offence took place a long time ago or was allegedly committed in the jurisdiction of another station,” Ngwane said.

Members of the CPF, Umbhayi Crime Forum and farm workers applauded the initiative taken by the SAPS in conjunction with the MRC.

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