Report sexual abuse


Report any sexual related offenses. The alleged sexual offense may be reported by: the victim of the offence; a family member, friend or colleague of the victim or a person who witnesses or received information about the commission of the offence.

Sexual offences may be reported at a police station or be reported by phone.  No victim may be turned away simply because the alleged offence took place a long time ago or was allegedly committed in the station area of another police station.

Here are a few guidelines on what to expect when reporting a sexual offence to the South African Police Service:
  • The victim is permitted to have a person of his or her choice present to support and reassure him or her during the interview.
  • The interview will be conducted in surroundings that are either familiar to the victim or reassuring to the victim.
  • Once sufficient information has been obtained from the victim, a docket must be opened, registered on the CAS and an affidavit must be made in which the following must be clearly specified:
  • The time and date on which the offence was allegedly committed
  • The place where the offence was allegedly committed
  • The nature of the alleged offence
  • The manner in which it was allegedly committed
  • The first person to whom the victim has reported the alleged sexual offence before he or she reported it to the police
  • Any details regarding the alleged offender(s) that may assist in identifying and finding them
  • Any details regarding possible witnesses that may assist in identifying and locating them.
  • The officer should determine whether the victim requires medical assistance and if so, make arrangements for the victim to obtain medical assistance as soon as possible.
  • The purpose of the medical examination of the victim is to establish whether there is any evidence relating to the alleged sexual offence.
  • The victim must be taken for the medical examination as soon as possible - even if the sexual offence was only reported more than 72 hours after it had been committed, and even if the victim had already washed.
  • Remember – If you have been a victim of a sexual offence, it is vital that evidence must be collected before washing away any body fluids of the perpetrator.
  • The medical examination will be conducted at state expense and by a medical professional.
  • A male member may not be present during the medical examination of a female victim, and vice versa. Even a member of the same gender may only be present during the medical examination if the victim agrees to it.

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Report sexual abuse

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