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Sexual Offences: Victims of rape and other sexual crimes

Services offered by the new model for Sexual Offences Courts:

  • Court preparation services: The programme familiarises you with court processes, procedures, services and benefits. It aims to help you to be an effective witness in court. On the date of trial, you will be welcomed in court by the Court Preparation Officer (CPO).
  • Pre- and post- trial trauma debriefing services: The CPO will take you through trial trauma debriefing sessions before the trial commences and once it is concluded to help you deal with the trauma of the incident.
  • Intermediary services: If you are a child victim or a person with mental disability, the prosecutor will apply to court to allow you to testify in a private testifying room with the assistance of an intermediary. The role of the intermediary is to convey questions from court to you in an understandable manner.
  • Private testifying room/closed court services: If you are an adult witness, the law allows you to testify from a private testifying room via the closed-circuit TV system if you feel more comfortable to do so. This will ensure that you do not need to be in the physical presence of the accused when testifying.
  • Private waiting rooms for adult and child victims: The child witness room has standard furniture specifically designed to meet the needs of traumatised children. It also provides a play area, reading centre, and a child’s bed-sofa for resting. The adult waiting room is also furnished to make the court experience more comfortable for victims. Information services are available at the private waiting rooms for victims, mainly to inform you of your rights and the available court services. The information is offered in the form of educational booklets, DVDs, and in braille.
  • Witness fee services: The department provides witness fees to cover your return travelling costs and food while in court.

The Act and Reguslations:

Policies and Documents:

National Policy Framework: Management of Sexual Offence Matters, June 2012 [As published in GG 36804, No 649, 06 Sep 2013] Victims of rape and other sexual crimes booklet, 2012 Intermediary Services provided in Courts, 2015 TCC Booklet, 2019

Reports:

Annual Report 2019/2020: Implementation of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007) Annual Report 2017/2018: Implementation of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007) Annual Report 2015/2016: Implementation of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007) Departmental Report on the implementation of Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, 01 APRIL 2014 to 31 March 2015 [3.76mb] Report on the implementation of Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007: 01 Apr 2013 - 31 Mar 2014Report on the Re-Establishment of Sexual Offences Courts: Ministerial Advisory Task Team on the Adjudication of Sexual Offence Matters, Aug 2013

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Chief-Directorate: Promotion of the Rights of Vulnerable Groups
Tel: 012 315 1808/1656, E-mail: sorma@justice.gov.za

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