Specialized GBV units to be established

Specialized GBV units to be established

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Tyrone Gray started this petition to Bheki Cele (Minister of Police)

Gender based violence including sexual assault as well as domestic violence is the scourge of South African society. 

This petition seeks to create a specialized crime unit dedicated to solving crimes against women and children with special attention being given to convicting rapists as well as those who physically, verbally, mentally or emotionally abuse women and children. 

Up to 76% of Police stations do not have rape kits and very often victims of sexual abuse have to explain their story multiple times which causes undue stress on the victims. 

The specialized unit within the South African Police Service seeks to modernise and synchronize reporting of GBV crimes so as to create an adequate data base and avoid the painful reality facing victims, of having to retell and relive their traumatic experience by having to repeat their trauma to multiple personnel, throughout the criminal justice process. Empowered with specialized functionaries within all facets of the criminal justice system allows for better procedural success in order to ensure more arrests result in convictions and correct sentencing. 

Bearing in mind that less than 9% of rape cases actually result in conviction, the GBV specialized unit will streamline reporting and develop a catalogue of offenders, and allow victims to report their crimes as a high priority so as to protect the social fabric of our South African society. 

This petition is done in the spirit of Ubuntu with the principles of Batho Pele. 

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