RAPE IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world. Twelve times more women are raped and then murdered in South Africa every year than in the United States. Gang rape is also common, with some victims raped by up to 30 perpetrators at a time.
Added to the high incidence of rape is the extreme violence which often accompanies the attack. This level of violence has been likened to what happens during armed conflict, when civilians are subjected to degradation, ritual humiliation, injuries such as mutilation, and death.
Factors such as poverty and drug abuse on their own are not enough to explain these shocking statistics. South Africa’s ‘culture of violence’ stems from the dehumanising apartheid system and the liberation struggle, where conflict was resolved through force and men were imprisoned, forced in exile or conscription.
Compounding the problem is the high incidence of HIV (about 10% of the population is estimated to be HIV+), an increase in child rape, the ‘corrective’ rape of lesbian women and inadequacies in the legal system.
We believe that improving laws and support services will lead to more convictions of perpetrators, helping to combat the culture of violence and impunity that continues to erode the fabric of our society.
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