Rape Crisis Cape Town on Monday staged a protest in front of the offices of free-to-air television station e.tv, demanding that it apologise for its "insensitive broadcast" of the Judge Siraj Desai/Salome Isaacs issue.
The group said the editorial comment of e.tv's Debora Patta on January 22 had caused "a serious amount of damage" to many rape survivors and "undermines all the efforts, energy, time and money spent on our endeavours to challenge sexual violence".
Patta said Isaacs's withdrawal of the rape case against the Cape High Court judge had set back the daily struggle to fight the scourge of rape.
"And this is precisely what rapists hope for - that doubt will be cast on a woman crying rape. Thanks to Salome Isaacs next time a woman genuinely shouts rape - we might just think she's crying wolf."
Patta said Isaacs owed this country, "and even more importantly the man you accused of rape", a proper explanation, and at the very least an apology.