Sexual Abuse cases should be reported within 72 hours for the following reasons:
- To prevent pregnancies.
- To prevent infection of HIV/AIDS or STD’s.
- To avoid death of the victim.
- To ensure that evidence (such as the victim’s clothing) is preserved correctly.
- To avoid the crime scene being tampered with.
- To ensure the victim gets psychosocial support.
WHAT TO DO IMMEDIATELY A SEXUAL ABUSE CASE IS REPORTED TO YOU
- Rush the Survivor to hospital within 72 hours of the abuse.
- Report the matter to the police as soon as possible.
- DO NOT clean any part of the survivor’s body.
- DO NOT wash or destroy the survivor’s clothes.
- WRAP the clothes in a KHAKI envelope.
- DO NOT put the clothes in a plastic or polythene paper bag. This will cause the clothes to swea.t
- DO NOT wrap the clothes in a newspaper as newspapers have chemicals which interfere with the protozoa.
- DO NOT tamper with anything at the crime scene.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE HOSPITAL
- The survivor will be examined
- Samples of the survivor’s blood, urine, vaginal or anal fluids will be taken for laboratory tests
- The survivor will be given anti-retroviral drugs (PEP) to prevent HIV infection. This is a dosage of 28 days which is given in portions of four.