n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Criminal Law (Sexual and Related Matters) Amendment Act (No. 32 of 2007) : emerging issues for the health sector : more about... women's health

Volume 27, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



In 1997 a law reform process started to change the existing law on rape. After 10 years of drafting and public consultation, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, No. 32 of 2007 - less formally referred to as the Sexual Offences Act - was finally passed by Parliament and signed by the President on 13 December 2007. The new Act creates a range of new offences (58 in total) and addresses a wide range of issues relating to the management of sexual offences. The Act sets out to afford complainants of sexual offences 'the maximum and least traumatising protection that the law can provide'. To achieve this objective, the legislation repealed certain outdated common law crimes such as rape and indecent assault and replaced them with new, extended statutory offences.

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