Target: South African Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi
Goal: Demand that survivors of rape are given quality medical care by designated health providers.
Every day dozens of women and children are raped in South Africa. Between 2013 and 2014, there were 46,253 reported cases countrywide. There is a lack of both media attention and justice for the victims, who are left with unimaginable physical reminders of the pain they endured. Not only do the perpetrators often get away with their crimes, but they go on to believe that their actions against women are justifiable. It is because of this misguided belief, among other factors, that South Africa has one of the highest rates of rape in the world.
Due to the high rates of rape in South Africa, the number of cases of HIV have also continued to rise. After being raped, women in South Africa have no choice but to return to their lives to deal with constant reminders of the attack. In addition to being denied justice, they are unable to receive the care they need to fully recover. Many victims also become pregnant as a result of being raped and they are forced to make frightening decisions on their own.
The rape victims in South Africa need specialized care in order to face the many challenges that arise after surviving these horrific attacks. They shouldn’t be left to deal with what has happened to them on their own. Health care providers in South Africa should be properly trained to deal with these cases for the sake of the victims who are not offered much help with handling the physical and emotional pain associated with rape.
Sign the petition below to support efforts to provide quality care to rape survivors in South Africa.
Dear Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi,
Rape is a growing issue in South Africa. Thousands of women and children are targeted and brutally attacked every year. Rape survivors are not treated in the manner in which they should be to properly address both their physical and emotional injuries. According to a recent study, 32.6% of health care providers in South Africa do not believe that rape is a serious medical issue. As pointed out in the study, there should be designated providers for treating rape victims.
There is a certain type of sensitivity that these cases must be handled with and not every health care worker will be able to provide this type of service. With all they’ve been through, rape survivors deserve to have health care professionals who understand the severity of what they are dealing with.
I urge you to ensure that rape survivors are given quality care and not simply overlooked or silenced when seeking treatment.
[Your Name Here]
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