TCC a safe haven for abuse victims

Michael Masutha, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

The Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) for sexually abused victims was launched by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development at the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court on Saturday.
Michael Masutha, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, said that the services at the TCC are central to caring for people who have experienced trauma due to sexual violence.
“This centre launched here today is the 76th in the country and will serve as a regional court for sexual offences. Most TCCs operate at public hospitals, clinics or police stations close to communities where incidents of abuse, including rape, are particularly high.
“The centre will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and rape cases can be reported directly at the TCC. When victims walk into a TCC, they receive immediate medical attention, which includes a medical examination, counselling, as well as medication to prevent HIV infections and unwanted pregnancies. The TCC provides specialised service and support to the survivors of sexual violence and helps them to find justice in court,” said Masutha.
He added that the TCCs are critical tools in government’s integrated strategy to combat sexual abuse. The centres link police stations with clinics and hospitals and the offences. “I would like to encourage the victims of rape not to take a shower before opening a case, because the much needed evidence is lost and their case will have less of an impact. While the victim is giving a statement, the doctor prescribes and dispense medication which includes emergency contraceptives and anti-retroviral medication, and sets up an a appointment for a return visit. Once the process is complete, the counsellor takes the victim home or to a place of safety,” concluded Masutha. – Lebakeng Nkabi