A WITS student was raped off-campus by two men who are not affiliated with the university.

The student, whose name will not be released to protect her identity, contacted the Sexual Harassment Office for assistance and was taken to Milpark hospital to receive medical attention.

“Rape is a serious issue in South African society, and Wits is a microcosm of South African society, so, very tragically, we are not immune to such terrible incidents,” Sexual Harassment Office director Jackie Dugard told Wits Vuvuzela.

The university community first learned of the attack when told about it by Vice Chancellor Adam Habib during a townhall meeting.

Habib said details were not yet known but a staff member had accompanied the student to Milpark hospital.

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“As soon as we have more information we will of course provide it,” Habib said.

Wits sexual harassment advisor Maria Wanyane said her office is prepared to help victims of sexual assault.  “The office provides support to all victims of sexual assault, irrespective of where the incident took place,” Wanyane said.

The office was established in response to revelations of sexual harassment between students and staff members. The office also provides counselling and acts as a support centre to Wits students and staff members.

The Sexual Harassment Office is located on the 6th floor of University Corner and can be contacted on (011) 717 9790.

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