UCT’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a collaborative collective designed to empower the university community with the knowledge and skills to effectively respond to and prevent sexual violence on campus and where such violence affects our staff and students off-campus. The team works to ensure that survivors of sexual violence access survivor-centered, compassionate care. 24-Hour Hotline 072 393 7824
What to do if you have been raped
In the case of a sexual assault or rape, the following action is recommended:
Call or go to Campus Protection Services (CPS) immediately. Tel. 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.
Do not wash yourself or change clothes as there might be hair, blood or semen on your body or clothes than can be used as evidence of the rape.
Go straight to a hospital for treatment. See hospitals below. A doctor will do a forensic examination and you will be provided with medication: post-exposure antiretroviral for HIV prevention, antibiotics to prevent sexually transmitted infections, and the morning after pill to prevent pregnancy.
The medication needs to be taken within 72 hours of the incident.
Note: You have access to medical care and treatment whether you lay a charge with the police or not. 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 advisable to seek counselling. This is available at Student Wellness Centre – see contact information above.