'Frankel 8 court win is a victory for all sexual assault survivors'

In a groundbreaking ruling, the Constitutional Court has lifted a time limit on reporting sexual offences.

It means the section of the Criminal Procedure Act which imposes a 20-year limit on prosecutions for sexual assault is unconstitutional.

The the so-called Frankel 8, approached the courts in an attempt to change the law which prevented victims of sexual abuse from criminally charging their abusers 20 years after the crime was committed.

Joanne Joseph spoke to one of Sidney Frankel's accusers Nicci Levenstein.

She says the ruling is a great victory for South Africans.

We feel that we have opened a way for people to take action from here and it is a feeling of incredible relief and hopefulness for us.

Nicci Levenstein, Frankel 8

We hoping that this will be a deterrent to paedophiles in the future and give victims the opportunity to seek justice and know that the justice that they seek is actually on their side.

Nicci Levenstein, Frankel 8

Click on the link below to hear her reaction....

Executive of the South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (SAMSOSA) organisation Rees Mann says the ruling now puts abusers on the back foot.

We were always on the back foot. Now they are on the back foot, they are going to live with, hopefully, some type of anxiety in their lives now...

Rees Mann, Executive of SAMSOSA

Click on the link below to hear what he had to say....


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