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'Many reasons why reporting sexual offence cases should not be time-bound'

22 May 2017 4:21 PM
Non-profit organisation Women and Men Against Child Abuse says changing sexual assault law will allow survivors to feel validated.

Non-profit organisation Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) says there are many reasons why the the law on the statute of limitations for laying sexual assault charges should change.

This comes amid an application by a group of people allegedly abused by the late philanthropist stock broker, Sidney Frankel.

Frankel died earlier this year but the matter is expected to proceed regardless.

His accusers still want the country’s laws to be changed so that sexual offences do not prescribe or expire.

Read: Sidney Frankel’s accusers want sexual offences law changed

WMACA is acting as amicus curiae or friend of the court and will give additional information to the court in the case.

WMACA Director Miranda Friedmann has commended the courage of Frankel’s accusers and other survivors.

Currently, the Criminal Procedures Act states that all sexual offences, other than rape, cannot be prosecuted 20 years after the crime had been committed.

Friedmann says that some survivors may be very young at the time of the assault or perhaps do not have social support or emotional strength.

She believes that opening up the laws will help sexual assault survivors feel validated.

Friedmann unpacked what constitutes sexual violence in law and health care and the need for non-penetrative assault to be included.

She explains that the court bid to change the laws will take a long time.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Many reasons why reporting sexual offence cases should not be time-bound'


22 May 2017 4:21 PM