What is sexual assault?
The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act defines sexual assault in South Africa as: “Unlawful and intentional sexual violation of another person without their consent”. This includes acts such as genital contact that does not amount to penetration; contact with the mouth designed to cause sexual arousal; unlawfully and intentionally inspiring the belief that one will be sexually violated; when one person forces a second person to commit an act of sexual violation with a third person; and when one person forces a second to masturbate or commit various sexual acts on themselves.
The Green Route Project
The Green Route Project was implemented by the University to prevent sexual assault on or near campus. The route makes provision for students to be accompanied, on foot, to and from their residences, vehicles or any nearby places, by security officers, from 18:00 to 06:00 daily in front of the following points:
ABSA ATM (next to Merensky Library)
HW Snyman Building
Between the Administration Building and Auditorium
The Onderstepoort and Mamelodi Campuses: These campuses do not have escort points, however can be arranged through the 24-hour Operational Management Centre at: 012 4202 310/760. These escorts will be done by personnel from the Department of Security Services. Students who live in residence are able to go to the security official on duty at the gate of their respective residences to arrange an escort.
The #SpeakOutUP campaign has been implemented to “increase awareness relating to sexual harassment and sexual assault”. The campaign aims to “mobilis[e] the entire university community in an effort to combat sexual harassment on or near our campuses”. This campaign makes use of material meant to sensitise viewers to sexual harassment. One of the concepts used by the campaign is showing that there are many faces of sexual harassment, reinforcing that sexual harassment is always a “clear and present danger”. They reach students through the student portal, intranet, ClickUP, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Students can find additional information about the campaign on the UP website.
Who to contact?
For immediate assistance and action, the UP Crisis Service number: 0800 006 428/012 420 2310, is a 24-hour crisis service offering professional and confidential support to victims of crime in times of trauma. Victims can access psychological support through the UP Careline number: 0800 747 747. Counsellors are available to support and advise students with issues of sexual abuse. Advisors on sexual harassment are provided to students at antisexualharassment@ up.ac.za or on 012 420 6245/2119/4002.
Students are encouraged to make use of the following additional numbers:
SAPS: 0800 11 12 13
Brooklyn SAPS (Hatfield):
012 366 1740/7
Sunnyside SAPS (Groenkloof): 012 422 3696
Pretoria Central SAPS (Medical campus): 012 353 4000/4223
Pretoria North SAPS (Onderstepoort):
012 353 5666/5600
Atteridgeville SAPS (Kalafong): 012 373 8534
Mamelodi East SAPS (Mamelodi): 012 805 4041
Student Support offers short term individual psychotherapy whereby personal consultations will be held for students who have experienced sexual trauma. Office hours are between 07:30- 15:30 and the office can be contacted at 012 420 2333. Student support services is located next to the Student Centre, opposite the Tukkiewerf entrance.