What stops rape survivors from reporting?

What stops rape survivors from reporting? – Events


This event will be webcast via http://www.issafrica.org/events/what-stops-rape-survivors-from-reporting

Official statistics from the South African Police Service (SAPS) on reported sexual offences in South Africa have fluctuated over the last decade. Various research studies have shown that official sexual offences statistics constitute less than 10% of actual sexual offences committed in the country. An important way to tackle rape is to improve the reporting rates to the police. However barriers to reporting rape are complex and need to be better understood both by society and those working in the criminal justice system before they can be effectively broken down.

This seminar will explore the range of societal and institutional barriers to reporting sexual offences to the police in South Africa.

Chair: Nomonde Nyembe, Attorney in the Business and Human Rights Programme, Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Wits University 


  • Lisa Vetten, Research Associate, WiSER
  • Carol Bosch, Social Work Manager, Cape Mental Health
  • Neo Chokoe, Attorney with the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme, Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Speaker to be confirmed, One in Nine Campaign

Date: 4 February 2015

Time: 10h00 - 13h00

ISS Pretoria
Block C | Conference room
Brooklyn Court
361 Veale Street, Pretoria

Helen Chanda
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
Email: hchanda@issafrica.org

Romi Sigsworth
Email: rsigsworth@issafrica.org

This seminar is made possible with funding from the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.