Rape victims should be encouraged to apply for compulsory HIV
testing of alleged rapists, Minister of Women, Children and
Persons with Disabilities said.
“Rape survivors should fully utilise the provisions of the
Sexual Offences Amendment Act. Survivors have a right to request
compulsory HIV testing of an alleged offender.
"We have to ensure that survivors know about this provision and
are able to utilise it,” said Minister Mayende-Sibiya, at an event
to mark 16 Days of Activism Campaign on No Violence against Women
and Children in Durban.
Mayende -Sibiya said there was a great need to acknowledge the
link between violence and spread of HIV infection in South Africa
as the country builds up to the World Aids Day on Tuesday.
She further said her ministry would ensure that victim
empowerment interventions are well coordinated and accessible .
These interventions include prevention of cases of abuse,
encouraging reporting, ensuring that perpetrators are prosecuted
and that there is support for survivors to deal with the trauma. – (Sapa, November 2009)