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Should GBV victims be forced to report their abuse?

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If the law must take its course, something has to give, but is it necessary to legally force victims to report their abuse, or is it simply a case of publicising the cases of justice better?


13 Oct 2020
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Should GBV victims be forced to report their abuse?

Demonstrators take part in a march against gender-based violence at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg in August. Demonstrations also took place around South Africa including Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. South African femicide rates are five times the global average, according to statistics South Africa. Picture: Michel Bega

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a recurring theme in the South African social ecosystem and there’s a lot of talk about doing something about it but the figures remain worrying. Ironically, it seems as though Women’s’ Month creates the platform for talk but not much in the form of action, so now that we’re faced with just under a year before the next set of talkshops, perhaps it’s an ideal time to discuss implementing solutions about the country’s alarming GBV stats. It’s the common back and forth between maintaining the social narrative that we don’t want victims to relive their trauma,...

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