'Health sector not doing enough to treat survivors of sexual violence'

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

The health sector, including the Department of Health, the South African Forensic Nursing Association and the South African Nursing Council, has been scored five out of 10 for the quality of services provided to victims of sexual violence.

Independent feminist researcher, Joy Watson said policy and medical treatment guidelines are not in line with the latest sexual offences regulation.

Listen to the full conversation below:

Policy provisions document what is meant to happen when a victim comes forward, but the practicalities of the sexual assault evidence collection kit needs to be looked at.

Joy Watson, independent feminist researcher

There also needs to be some sort of counselling, because the medical examination can be very invasive - exacerbating the sense of trauma.

Joy Watson, independent feminist researcher

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