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Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I am not sure that my problem has a gender aspect, what should I do?

You can send an email to info.geo@wits.ac.za to make an appointment to discuss the complaint and we will advise accordingly.

  • Does it make a difference if my problem relates to a staff member or student?

No. GEO assists complainants regardless of whether the perpetrator is a student or staff member or indeed someone else such as a family member or a stranger.

  • If I come and talk to GEO, can I remain anonymous and the complaint confidential?

GEO is complainant driven - we retain the confidentiality of complaints unless a disciplinary process is chosen by the complainant.

  • Should I or someone I know be sexually assaulted, what should be done?

During office hours:
Notify GEO‚Äč (011 717 9790). The office will provide advice as to options and processes, ensure a protective environment in which the matter can be addressed, and provide support throughout any subsequent processes.

If you cannot get hold of GEO, contact any of the SHAC members listed on the "Contact Us" page.

After-hours/weekends/holidays:

Residence students: Notify the Hall Coordinator or Warden at the relevant residence.

All Wits students and staff: If on campus, notify Protection Services at (011 717 4444/6666), and the individual may be referred to Milpark Hospital. If the individual is not on campus, the individual should go to the nearest hospital and/or police station as soon as possible. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis should be accessed immediately (but not later than 72 hours).

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