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Research Article

Medico-Legal Findings, Legal Case Progression, and Outcomes in South African Rape Cases: Retrospective Review

  • Rachel Jewkes mail,

    rjewkes@mrc.ac.za

    Affiliations: Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Nicola Christofides,

    Affiliation: School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Lisa Vetten,

    Affiliation: Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Ruxana Jina,

    Affiliation: School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Romi Sigsworth,

    Affiliation: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Lizle Loots

    Affiliation: Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa

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  • Published: October 13, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000164

About the Authors

Rachel Jewkes, Lizle Loots
Gender and Health Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa
Rachel Jewkes, Nicola Christofides, Ruxana Jina
School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Lisa Vetten
Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Romi Sigsworth
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Johannesburg, South Africa

Corresponding Author

Email: rjewkes@mrc.ac.za

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: R Jewkes, N Christofides, L Vetten, R Jina, R Sigsworth, L Loots. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: R Jewkes, N Christofides, L Vetten, R Jina, R Sigsworth, L Loots. Designed the experiments/the study: R Jewkes, N Christofides, L Vetten, R Jina, R Sigsworth. Analyzed the data: R Jewkes, L Vetten, R Sigsworth. Collected data/did experiments for the study: R Jewkes, L Vetten, R Sigsworth, L Loots. Wrote the first draft of the paper: R Jewkes. Contributed to the writing of the paper: N Christofides, L Vetten, R Jina. Contributed to data coding of medico-legal forms: N Christofides. Principal investigator: L Vetten. Developed the data schedule collecting court information: L Vetten.