Rape Crisis Centre protests for court upgrade

The Rape Crisis Centre in Cape Town held a protest outside the Western Cape regional office of the justice department. 

CAPE TOWN - The Rape Crisis Centre in Cape Town says sexual assault victims often bump into their perpetrators along court corridors. 

It says this leads to some withdrawing cases. 

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It submitted a memorandum of grievances to the Western Cape Justice Department to respond to by the end of the month.  

Mandisa Mbotshelwa from the Rape Crisis Centre said: “We believe that when survivors are testifying in court they need to feel safe and comfortable in order for them to survive. 

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"The problem is, when they enter the court building, they enter with the public inside.

"We are looking for a separate entrance for them and also for the office, whereby our court supporter will sit next to the courtroom so that the survivor doesn’t have to walk to the court supporter’s office, also the restrooms should be separated so that they don’t meet their perpetrators in corridors.”

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eNCA

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