Rape Forensic Unit (Victoria Hospital)
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 at 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, and not necessarily the closest one to where you live.
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 type of 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, is to report to your closest day hospital or police station, who should contact the appropriate health care facility where these cases are attended to. Usually, if a case is reported to SAPS, the specialised unit that deals with these cases will be contacted, and a detective will typically provide transport to the appropriate health care facility.
What do I do first if I’ve been raped or sexually assaulted in the last 72 hours?
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 aim of the medical examination is 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.
Do I have to make a decision 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, however 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:
These facility categories:
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Free of charge.