Afriforum released its paper on South Africa’s rape crises. Unfortunately, the world’s highest rape count per capita remains in South Africa by a shamefully high margin. Interestingly, Afriforum’s Head of Campaigns, Monique Taute, says “the South African government has failed in curbing crime, particularly violent crimes including rape.” Moreover, the paper released raises the issue of unreported rapes, indicating a higher incidence.
South Africa’s rape count unacceptable
Disgracefully, Monique Taute continues saying “It is noteworthy that each of the steps that have been taken by [the] government to address the issue [is] merely reactive to the crisis…” Unfortunately, pro-active policing is rare in South Africa. Additionally, Taute indicates that many rapes occur in homes, often perpetrated by relatives or friends. Meanwhile, women remain victims of abuse and rape.
The civil rights organisation @AfriForum today published an extensive report, Serial Rape in South Africa, on the rape crisis in South Africa using news reports, available data, research performed by various institutions, court cases and other sources.
— AfriForum (@afriforum) December 7, 2020
Moreover, as Barend Uys, Afriforum’s Head of Research says, “It is reasonable to conclude that the South African government simply does not know how to curb the issue of rape and sexual assault in the country.” Furthermore, the AfriForum report hopes “…to highlight the extent of the failings of the government and the justice system regarding this issue.”
What can women do?
Undoubtedly, media attention to rape raises awareness for caution amongst women. However, victims stories need to be circumspect. Literally, there is no real way to describe rape that may not incite more. Thus, the true horror inflicted on women remains, by and large, their private cross to bear. Fortunately, there are rape crises centres to assist women. Meanwhile, Afriforum suggests women ensure they sign up to reaction security forces. Alternatively, arrange distress signals with their neighbours. Additionally, learn self-defence and importantly, try to never walk alone.
No police stations – you can report rape at TCCs
There are 54 TCCs across the country. They were designed as sites of safety that reduce secondary trauma for survivors of sexual of violence.
You can seek counselling and medical treatment, and report rape in a safe space. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/ckasQZiXzn
— Rape Crisis Cape Town (@RapeCrisis) December 1, 2020
Alarmingly, citing a 2001 research project of 1 737 men in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the report indicates the major motivations for rape are: sexual entitlement, anger, boredom, alcohol, fun and peer pressure.
All predators must be exposed. It will end the rape culture in South Africa.
— T͎h͎e͎ ͎A͎m͎a͎z͎i͎n͎g͎ ͎L͎u͎l͎a͎m͎a͎ (@Miss_Lulama) December 2, 2020
Policing is not the only failure
Highlighting, the justice system, the report describes particular cases of lenient court decisions around rape. Meanwhile, people like Makazole Mapimpi and other sportsmen are calling for men to protect and cherish women. Hopefully, these influencers will start to impact on the youth of South Africa who hold these men in high esteem.
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