Increasing Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault

South African and international partners pledge to Increase Services for Survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

Increasing Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault

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.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • M.A.C. AIDS Fund

    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The MAC AIDS Fund makes grants to charitable nonprofit organizations worldwide that provide direct care, support, and assistance to men, women, and children who are living with or impacted by...

  • Soul City Institute (SCI)

    South Africa | Staff size: 6-25

    The Soul City Institute for Health & Development Communication (SCI), an organization not for gain, is proud to be considered one of the world’s most influential social and behavioral...

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Key Information

LocationSouth Africa
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2017
  • ValueUSD 10 Million