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The Rape Survivors' Justice Campaign advocates for the planned and funded rollout of sexual offences courts. These courts are the key to restoring faith in the criminal justice system as well as increasing conviction rates for rape and decreasing the secondary victimisation of rape survivors.

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What is a Sexual Offences Court?

Sexual Offences Courts are specialized courts that specifically deal with sexual offences and provide special services to survivors. These courts are sensitive to the survivor and help to: reduce the trauma, speed up cases, make better court judgements thanks to better skilled court personnel, increase reporting of rape and increase convictions.

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How does the Rape Survivors Justice Campaign achieve change?

We achieve change by following a multi-layered approach.

We raise awareness among stakeholders about the campaign and the need for sexual offences courts. These stakeholders include the communities we work in and fellow members of various coalitions. We then mobilise our stakeholders to join us when we host public demonstrations or other events.

Our lobbying activities focus on the government departments responsible for the rollout of sexual offences courts as well as the parliamentary structures responsible for overseeing the work of these government departments. In order to lobby these decision makers, we do constant research.

In our efforts to raise awareness among stakeholders and lobbying decision makers, we make use of formal media and social media in order to amplify our message.

What is special about a Sexual Offences Court?

The idea of Sexual Offences Courts was developed in South Africa. Eventually, this concept earned recognition across the world as something highly efficient. In 2013, a new Sexual Offences Court Model was developed as a way to set out the requirements for other Sexual Offences Courts. They have specially trained prosecutors and magistrates as well as a special court room, a separate waiting room for adult witnesses/survivors, a separate waiting room for child witnesses/survivors, and a special testifying room with CCTV equipment.

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Working towards making sexual offences courts a reality
10 April 2018, 9:20 am
We love big ideas. The big plans that make us believe that things can be better and that the world can become a better place. The RSJC ‘big idea’ is that South Africa can reduce the number of rapes committed … Continue reading
Raising awareness of the importance of sexual offences courts
4 April 2018, 10:22 am
Rape survivors who are well supported in court make good witnesses. Good witnesses help achieve convictions and strong sentencing of rapists. And high conviction rates and strong sentences send a clear message to society that violence against women will not … Continue reading
Does Rape Matter?
27 March 2018, 12:14 pm
If the words of magistrates and judges are anything to go by, we would be able to grade rape crimes into categories- from not so bad to worst. As if the act of rape itself was not traumatic enough, survivors still … Continue reading
A Letter to the President
9 March 2018, 9:30 am
President Cyril Ramaphosa The Presidency of South Africa Dear Sir, RE: RESPONSE TO THE APPOINTMENT OF MINISTER BATHABILE DLAMINI AS MINISTER FOR WOMEN IN THE PRESIDENCY Firstly, we congratulate you on your appointment as the President of the ANC and President … Continue reading

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