Sexual assault involves a perpetrator coercing or physically forcing a sexual act or non-consensual touching.
Rape falls under sexual assault and includes acts like the penetration of a penis, any object or any part of the body to any extent, into the vagina, mouth, urethra or anus of another person; or making another person do so.
Any sexual activity, irrespective of consent with a girl or a boy below the age of 18, constitutes statutory rape.
Under the current law, ‘rape’ is not limited to peno-vaginal penetration. It includes any forced oral or anal sex.
Remember: what has happened to you is not your fault!
It is important to preserve the evidence, so go to the nearest hospital for a medical check-up immediately. Do not have a shower or change any of your clothes, not even your sanitary napkin. It is advised that you go directly to the hospital, without urinating or brushing your teeth.
Report the crime
You have a choice not to report the crime, but if you want justice and the offender to be punished, you have to act fast.
See a doctor
A registered doctor at a private hospital is bound by law to treat you and collect the evidence, so you do not need to go only to a public hospital.
Register a complaint
You can go to a public hospital right after the incident to have the police record your statement and take the evidence. You can also register your complaint at the nearest police station. They will record all the information of the incident and send you for a medical examination.
If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, you are entitled to legal rights protected in The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013.
This Act recognises certain additional acts as offences and has expanded the definition of rape to include acts beyond vaginal penetration. Lack of physical resistance is immaterial for constituting an offence. The law states that a woman’s consent must be unequivocally communicated for it to not constitute rape.