How can local government address gendered forms of violence?
In the run-up to local government elections conflict has surged, resulting in violence and the destruction of property. In many instances these bitter struggles have been explained as attempts to control the spoils of power. But how could local government be made a site of peace? How could its structures and programmes be constructively turned to addressing sexualised violence, as well as violence within the domestic sphere? What role could the metroplitan police play in creating cities safe for sex workers, or lesbian, gay and transgender persons? And how could local government resources support services to the victims and survivors of gendered forms of violence?
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In 1994, Alison Botha was a 20-year-old living in Port Elizabeth. She went out on the night of 18 December 1994 to drop her friend at home and pick up her laundry. When she returned, a man emerged from the darkness and abducted her at knife-point. In an ordeal that lasted 90 minutes, she was driven to the outskirts of town and raped by two men. They slit her throat seventeen times, cut her abdomen and left her for dead. Miraculously, Alison survived and she managed to walk to a road where she collapsed. She was saved by a passing medical student who saw her and rushed her to the Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital.
The film Alison tells her story. Read the review here: http://www.elle.co.za/review-alison-the-movie/
In the 2013/14 period alone, 62 649 sexual offences were reported at South African police stations.
For survivors who report this crime, the police station is often their first entry into the criminal justice process. The Soth African Police Services has the potential to transform a survivor’s experience – it may either empower a survivor to report the case and continue through the criminal justice system or may cause a survivor further suffering through secondary victimisation and trauma.
The Shukumisa Campaign undertook monitoring of health facilities, courts, and police stations between 26 November 2013 and 13 September 2014 to assess their readiness to meet these standards and their readiness to provide adequate support to survivors. This particular report relates only to the results of the police monitoring, which took place in four provinces.
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