Gender Based Violence and Legal Rights
USAID and the South African Government are working to address women’s rights and access to justice. The USAID-funded Thuthuzela Care Centre network provides support for rape and sexual assault survivors to ensure that they do not experience secondary trauma while seeking justice and medical treatment.
- Forty rape crisis centers had been established by 2012 in public hospital facilities.
- The centers provide a range of services from emergency medical care, post-exposure prophylaxis, counseling and court preparation.
USAID supports a public awareness campaign to inform the public about the services provided by the centers and how to access them; provides grants to NGOs for after-hours care, and HIV-related services; supports sexual offences courts; and plans to expand the network of centers throughout South Africa.
Last updated: May 10, 2013