Rape victim assessment : findings by psychiatrists and psychologists at Weskoppies hospital

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dc.contributor.author Coetzee, Kobus
dc.contributor.author Lippi, Gian
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-20T06:13:48Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-20T06:13:48Z
dc.date.issued 2015-02
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : A significant increase in rape victim assessment referrals by the courts has been noted in recent years at Weskoppies Hospital. Rape victims are referred by courts to determine: (i) their competency as a witness; (ii) their ability to give consent to sexual acts; (iii) their mental age; and (iv) their level of mental retardation. These evaluations are done by psychologists and psychiatrists at state hospitals. The findings are reported to the courts in a report format. OBJECTIVES : To present the findings of the reports compiled by psychologists and psychiatrists on rape victims from 2009 to 2013 as they comment on the court’s referral questions, and compare these findings with similar studies done at other psychiatric institutions. METHODS : A total of 108 reports was obtained from the electronic database at Weskoppies Hospital. The findings of the reports were summarised on a datasheet and were categorised according to the referral questions of the courts. RESULTS : In the 68 reports where mention was made of mental age, almost three-quarters found it to be between 4 and 12 years. Intellectual disability was found as the diagnosis in the vast majority of reports. Of these, the most common severity of impairment was moderate (n=22, 21.8%) and moderate to severe (n=21, 20.8%) in nature. Most reports (n=61, 56.6%) found that the rape victims were not able to consent to sexual intercourse. Seventy-one (65.7%) reports stated that victims were not able to testify in court. CONCLUSION : Most reports stated that victims suffered from intellectual disability and their capacity to testify in court was impaired. More than half of the victims evaluated did not have the capacity to give consent to sexual acts. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sajp.org.za/index.php/sajp en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Coetzee, K & Lippi, G 2015, 'Rape victim assessment : findings by psychiatrists and psychologists at Weskoppies hospital', South African Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 19-23. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1608-9685 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-6786 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.7196/SAJP.394
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/44077
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Health and Medical Publishing Group en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Health & Medical Publishing Group en_ZA
dc.subject Weskoppies Hospital, Tshwane, South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Rape victim assessment en_ZA
dc.subject Court’s referrals en_ZA
dc.subject Psychiatric institutions en_ZA
dc.subject Intellectual disability en_ZA
dc.subject Capacity to testify in court en_ZA
dc.subject Capacity to give consent to sexual acts en_ZA
dc.title Rape victim assessment : findings by psychiatrists and psychologists at Weskoppies hospital en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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