Rape Forensic Unit
For any person, rape or sexual assault is a traumatic experience and we want to help you on the road to physical, medical and emotional recovery. Together, the Western Cape Department of Health and other non-governmental organisations offer the following to survivors:
This forensic unit is the referral centre for 22 police stations, including Simon’s Town, Grassy Park and Milnerton. After an ordeal, rape and sexual assault survivors from the indicated geographical drainage area will receive treatment and counselling at the Victoria Hospital facility, or one of the other metro clinical forensic services drainage areas if the incident occurred in another location.
Note: You'll be seen at the clinic according to where the incident happened
Here are some answers to the difficult questions you might have if you, or someone close to you, have been raped or sexually assaulted:
Do I have to go to a clinic or hospital after being raped or sexually assaulted?
If you or someone close to you survived any sexual offence, we urge you to seek medical help as soon as possible after the incident. The sooner you go, the better. This will help for:
Consultations are free of charge.
The easiest way to arrange access and transport to a designated Department of Health facility
What do I do first if I’ve been raped or sexually assaulted in the last 120 hours?
You can either go straight to your local police office or go to the Rape Forensic Unit or closest Health Facility where you’ll be referred to an appropriate centre.
If you know someone who you trust and that you can talk to about the incident, ask him or her to stay with you throughout. The medical examination aims to collect forensic evidence.
You should avoid:
These services are available 24 hours a day at designated Department of Health facilities across the Western Cape.
Additional to NGO’s, Community Cohesion provides aftercare support (Victim Empowerment Officer) to survivors. This includes counselling and liaising with other NGO’s. You can call them at 082 431 3342.
Do I have to decide to lay a charge at the police station immediately?
No. You have access to medical care and treatment whether you lay a charge with the police or not. It's advisable to seek medical help as soon as possible. You may lay a charge at your local police station at any time.
If the survivor is a child or a person with any mental impairment, a case must by law be opened with the police.
What will happen at the clinic or hospital?
When you arrive at the nearest health care facility, the following may be offered, depending on the history of the case, time since the incident, and whether you lay a charge with the police or not:
Follow-up consultations will also be scheduled for you. Your injuries will be carefully documented, and counselling may be offered if available on-site, or you'll be referred for counselling.
Where's my nearest clinic with services for rape survivors?
You'll be seen at the clinic according to where the incident happened, and not necessarily the closest one to where you live.
The table below provides you with the contact details of the clinics in the bigger Cape Town area.
Various private organisations also work in the area of sexual abuse:
WCG VIDEO: What are Thutuleza Care Centres?
Thuthuzela Care Centres are one-stop facilities that have been introduced as a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy, aiming to reduce secondary victimisation, improve conviction rates and reduce the cycle time for the finalisation of cases.
The Thuthuzela Care Centres provide a place of comfort for survivors and give them access to medical professionals, skilled prosecutors, social workers, magistrates, NGOs, and the police. Survivors of rape or sexual assault can receive medical treatment, therapy and legal support in one location, rather than being moved around throughout the criminal justice system.
The centres can be found in public hospitals across the country. They’re also linked to sexual offences courts
When survivors arrive at a Thuthuzela Care Centre they’ll receive counselling in a quiet and private room by the site coordinator. A medical examination will then be conducted if the survivor provides consent. Survivors are then given a chance to wash and change into clean clothing if the exam was conducted within 72 hours after the rape.
Thereafter, the survivor receives the appropriate medication and is given a follow-up date for further medical treatment before being transported home.
All consultations at Thuthuzela Care Centres are free of charge.
Find a Thuthuzela Care Centre closest to you
These facility categories:
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Free of charge.