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Untreated Violence

MSF’s report on #UntreatedViolence in Rustenburg reveals that sexual violence, including rape, is at worryingly high levels in the Platinum Mining Belt area: one in four women had been raped in their lifetime, and approximately half have experienced some form of sexual or intimate partner violence. Yet fewer than half those surveyed knew about how to prevent or mitigate the serious health consequences of rape, such as HIV infection, unwanted pregnancy and psychological trauma.

MSF interviewed over 800 women aged 18-49 years for the survey, and will present the results at the 1st SA National Conference on Violence taking place in Johannesburg this week, where it will call for a coordinated government approach to ensure the medical and mental health needs of rape survivors are met.