- An attorney is empowering abused women by offering her services for free
- Tracey Lomax-Nixon called on rape and assault victims to 'hit their abusers where it hurts'
- She requested that other lawyers join her in helping women get justice
Tracey Lomax-Nixon, an attorney, was so touched by the tragic story of UCT student, Uyinene Mrwetyana, that she decided to help other abused women free of charge.
Lomax-Nixon said many women who have been raped or abused often become "witnesses in a case where rights are centred on the accused," and they never really get the closure they need.
So, she decided to offer her services pro bono (free) to women who want to hit their abusers where it hurts.
"I hereby offer my services, pro bono, to women and children who have been raped or assaulted. Forget the criminal courts... let's hit them where it hurts," Lomax-Nixon said.
Times LIVE reported Lomax-Nixon called on other South African lawyers to join her in giving abused women the justice they deserve.
In the idea - which she dubbed the "Phoenix Rising" - Lomax-Nixon described what the difference was between civil claims and restorative justice.
In a civil matter, the abused woman becomes a witness in a criminal trial, however, if she is the plaintiff, Lomax-Nixon acts for her.
"The state doesn't do that. In a criminal trial, you're just a witness. In a damages action, you control the state of play. Make them pay. And if they can't, take their possessions. Take their cars... And the burden of proof is 'balance of probabilities' not beyond reasonable doubt," she explained.
Briefly.co.za learned the brutal murder and rape of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana motivated Lomax-Nixon to offer her services for free.
On Tuesday, South Africans found out about the horrific last moments of Uyinene, who was murdered and sexually assaulted by a post office worker.
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