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Rights group 'digusted' by violent attack on woman

Reports say a woman was assaulted after being mistaken for a sex worker.

FILE: The man is said to have slapped his victim several times and threw her to the ground. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Gender rights advocacy group Sonke Gender Justice says it's disgusted by the news of a violent attack on a Cape Town woman.

The Weekend Argus has reported that a woman was assaulted by a Kenilworth resident after he mistook her for a sex worker.

The man is said to have slapped his victim several times and threw her to the ground before speeding off in his car.

The alleged assailant appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates court on an assault charge last week.

Sonke Gender Justice's Patrick Godana says, "It is very sad. Unacceptable whether the woman was a sex worker or not. That man has no right, it's against the law."

Recently release crime statistics indicate that there is a reduction in sexual offences, however this is an often under reported category.

In August the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children said over 600 women and children seek refuge at the centre every month.

The centre says it is forced to turn away nearly a dozen women every day.