Tracking Justice: The Attrition of Rape Cases Through the Criminal Justice System in Gauteng

Tracking Justice: The Attrition of Rape Cases Through the Criminal Justice System in Gauteng

In pursuit of establishing the measure of justice afforded rape complainants as well as insights into how and why justice may be eroded and the criminal justice system's consequent ability to deter sexual violence
weakened, we undertook a study in Gauteng Province to describe the processing of rape complaints, as well as their outcome, from the time such complaints were reported in 2003, to the point at which they were disposed of by either the police or courts. The research also describes the characteristics of reported rape in the province.


Lisa Vetten
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Lisa Vetten is the former manager of the Gender Programme at the Centre for the study of Violence and Reconciliation. In 2013 she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Political Studies (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her dissertation was entitled 'Deserving and undeserving women: A case study of South African policy and legislation addressing domestic violence.

Rachel Jewkes
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Professor Rachel Jewkes is the Executive Scientist for Research Strategy in the Office of the SAMRC President. She is an A1 rated scientist. She was formerly Director of the South African Medical Research Council’s Gender and Health Research Unit and is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health. She holds a MBBS, MSc, MD Public Health Medicine from the University of London.

Romi Sigsworth
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Romi Sigsworth is a former CSVR senior researcher. She holds a BA (honors) in English from Rhodes university, BA in English language and literature as well as Master of studies from Women's studies from Oxford University.

Nicola Christofides
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Nicola Christofides is an associate professor at the University of Witswatersrand.

Lizle Loots
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Researcher and consultant specializing in Sexual Violence Research. Holds a masters degree in sociology from the University of Pretoria.

Olivia Dunseith
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Experienced Clinical Psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry. Skilled in Individual Psychotherapy, Group and Family Therapy, and Psychological Assessment. Strong healthcare services professional with an MSc in Forensic Psychology from the University of Kent and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Wits University.

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