There isn’t a time limit to prosecute acts of sexual offences


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On the rare occasion, a victim of gender-based violence and /or rape finds it easy to speak out against their abuser or rapist. Some are too scared to speak up out of fear that their abuser would cause even more damage to them than they already have. However, victims are now being encouraged to speak out against the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, so that they can be brought to book.

Now for a victim who wishes to take legal action against their perpetrator, what would this entail? To discuss this further, we welcome the Director for the Women’s Legal Centre, Sehaam Semaai…

 In a bid to strengthen laws and protect women and children from such abuse, President Cyril Ramaphosa passed three bills namely; the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill, Criminal and Related Matters Amendment Bill of 2020 and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Bill of 2020. These bills are aimed at giving victims the opportunity to seek justice for themselves and others.

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