CGU Insurance of South Africa this week launched its new Rape Survivor policy, an insurance plan aimed at survivors of sexual abuse. The plan will offer a toll-free hotline, counseling, support groups and assistance filing charges against the attacker. The policy also covers anti-retroviral treatment, prophylactic treatment and HIV testing.
Reactions to the new policy by women’s organizations in South Africa are mixed. In a country where HIV infections reach as high as 38% in some regions, opponents of the new insurance call it “opportunistic.” Others believe the insurance will provide useful assistance to survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
Media Resources: Africa News Online - October 12, 1999
8/29/2014 Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US - A recent case has opened the door for victims of domestic violence abroad to qualify for asylum in the United States.
The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group. . . .