sexual offences

Shukumisa Campaign: Campaign Coordinator

Shukumisa Campaign is a coalition of more than 30 organisations from across South Africa working to strengthen laws and policies that address sexual offences. The organisations in the Campaign provide counselling, court support, training to service providers, legal services, research and advocacy in the area of sexual offences. The Campaign has a strong interest in the development and implementation of the law, policies and services in relation to sexual offences.
 

Sexual Offences Courts for SA

The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development has announced that 58 dedicated sexual offences courts will be opened to address a rape crisis of nearly 65 000 attacks a year.

Justice Minister, Jeff Radebe, points out that the courts are set to be ‘fully functional’ by September 2013.

The new courts will sit within existing courts and will hear all cases of sexual assault, including attacks on lesbians and gays.

The Constitution, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences Matters), Amendment Act and Moral Values of Society

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria this month declared certain sections of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act unconstitutional. The Act has been controversial since its inception and has been widely criticised from within the legal and social welfare sector as absurd and unenforceable. The specific sections that were declared unconstitutional made it a criminal offence for children aged between 12 and 16 to engage in consensual sexual activities with each other.

Law, Race and Gender Research Unit: Researchers

The Law, Race and Gender Research (LRG) Unit was established in 1993 to provide training and support to judicial officers as courts faced the challenge of transforming their structures and jurisprudence in line with constitutional and democratic values. From the outset LRG's approach was to translate excellent research into accessible training materials and to enlist judicial officers as peer facilitators.

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