'Post-rape care services underfunded in South Africa'

Amid the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, the Shukumisa project's #16DaysofDiscontent reports back on the performance of various government departments and civil groups.

Activist and researcher Lisa Vetten said post-rape care services, which include counselling and legal support, are underfunded by government and the private sector in South Africa.

The Department of Social Development has been scored four out of 10, the National Treasury received seven out of 10, while the performance of corporate social investment cannot be measured.

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According to Vetten, because there is limited legal duty for post-rape and domestic violence care work, funding for non-profit organisations is inconsistent.

We want the Department of Social Development, the corporate sector and the general public to think about how this work can be better valued and paid. So much of this care work is completely invisible and is consequently badly paid.

Lisa Vetten, Research Associate at Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER)

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