In the case of a sexual assault or rape, the following action is recommended:
Call the Campus Protection Services (CPS) office immediately at 021 650 2222/3. CPS officers are trained in dealing with these types of situation, allow them to assist.
Call a friend or relative for support.
Seek medical attention. If you have been raped please seek immediate medical attention, including post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV, sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. These are available at Groote Schuur Hospital or other appropriate medical facility.
You have access to medical care and treatment whether you lay a charge with the police or not. It's advisable to seek medical help as soon as possible. You may, however lay a charge at your local police station at any time, but also as soon as possible.
Report the rape to the local South African Police Service (SAPS).
Note the name of the police officer in charge of your case and your case number.
It is important to remember that all evidence will be lost if a rape victim takes a bath, shower, or changes clothes.
Victoria Hospital Rape Forensic Unit Tel: (021) 799 1235
Students facing any mental health challenges or contemplating suicide
SADAG (SA Depression and Anxiety Group) UCT Student Careline:
0800 24 25 26 free from a Telkom line or SMS 31393 for a call-me-back. This line offers 24/7 telephonic counselling, advice, referral facilities and general support to students facing any mental health challenges or contemplating suicide. The line is available to offer support and advice to anyone who is concerned about a student who might be in distress. The line is able to advise and refer callers to both internal UCT resources and external (NGO, public and private) mental health resources.
Please make use of the SADAG UCT Student Careline if you are placed on a waiting list by reception at the Student Wellness Service or if you require emotional support while waiting for an appointment. The SADAG website contains useful information about mental health issues as well as details of their national helplines.
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