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    Crime against Women and Children

    A person can be verbally or physically abused. Sometimes verbal abuse can be just as emotionally damaging as physical abuse.

    Crime against women and children is a priority crime and it is important to report such a crime immediately. If a crime occurs it must be reported to your nearest Police Station.
    On arrival at the Police Station the victim will be interviewed in a private room where a statement will be obtained and a docket opened. The victim will be taken for a medical examination depending on what happened. It is very important in a case of rape to report it within 72 hours for the police to be able to obtain possible evidence like DNA etc. The victim will be taken for a medical examination at the Thutela Care Centre where there are trained forensic sisters and doctors who will be available to do the medical examination.
    In rape cases it is important for the victim to take extra clothing and to be assisted by the family.
    The clothing of the victim worn at the time of the incident will be collected and will be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory. It is very important not to change clothes and not to bath.
    Here are signs of a woman who is possibly being abused.
    A person can be verbally or physically abused. Sometimes verbal abuse can be just as emotionally damaging as physical abuse.
    • Physical appearance
    • Withdrawal from society
    • The person would often lie about bodily marks (e.g. she would tell you her blue eye came from falling down the stairs)
    • The person would sometimes be very emotionally unstable
    Here are signs of a child who might be abused
    • Change in behaviour (e.g. moody, irritable).
    • Physical appearance (marks on body, underfed etc.).
    • Relationship problems – always looking for a fight with friends.
    • Unusual interest in sex.
    • Unusual knowledge of sex (e.g. if a 3 year old child knows too much about the sexual act).
    • The child is unusually sensitive and cries a lot.
    • The child withdraws from all activities.
    A child or a woman can either be verbally or physically abused. People tend to think that verbal abuse isn’t as damaging as physical abuse, but a verbally abused woman or child can be just as emotionally damaged as a physically abused woman or child.
    Always remember it isn`t your fault and there are people who can and will help you.
    Most of the reasons why crimes are not reported:
    • Closeness of a family.
    • Ignorance of children regarding these rights.
    • Fear of the perpetrator, outcome of a case (removal of children, imprisonment of breadwinner).
    • Feelings of guilt, shame etc.
    If a child is being abused you need to report it as you can be charged for failure to report. We would like to encourage the community to work closely with the Police to protect our women and children. Remember men can also be victims of these crimes and are not excluded!!!Capt. L Koekemoer (Commander FCS Secunda)

    Crime against Women and Children