The Increasing Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault Program in South Africa brings together local and international partners to address current pandemic of sexual and gender based violence affecting the country. Funded by USAID and the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, the $10 million program aims to support the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit (SOCA) of the National Prosecuting Authority in achieving its objectives of increasing public awareness of the Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCC’s) and expanding and improving services of TCC’s through education, training, research and infrastructure support.
Gender-based violence and sexual assault in South Africa is a widespread dilemma that leaves many women, children and other vulnerable people traumatized and helpless. TCCs are one-stop facilities that are a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy, aiming to reduce secondary victimization, improve conviction rates and reduce the cycle time for finalization of cases. Recognizing that the demand for such services far outstrips the availability of TCCs, USAID and the M.A.C. AIDS Foundation engaged the Foundation for Professional Development, and its civil society partners, Soul City Institute, Sonke Gender Justice Network (Sonke), and the Medical Research Council, as implementing partners to address this challenge.
|Value||USD 10 Million|