Rape in South Africa
Many have questioned its prevalence after video of teen’s sexual assault goes viral.
- A video of a gang-rape in South Africa went viral across the world and gripped the country with questions about the culture that surrounds rape. According to Doctors without Borders, a woman is raped an average of every 26 seconds in South Africa.
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- This cartoon, by Jonathan Zapiro, sheds light on the manner in which the cell-phone video was circulated from phone to phone before ending up in the hands of the media, which then passed it on to police.
- On Thursday, an eight-year-old dragged herself home after being raped, bitten and gouged. On the same day a protest took place in the city of Grahamstown over an alleged rape of two schoolchildren by a teacher. This photo, taken by Kirsty Makin shows the scene outside the school.
- This video shows the results of a sex survey of South African youth.
- A particular issue of rape in South Africa is that of "corrective" rape, in which men rape women known or believed to be lesbians in order to "cure" them of their homosexuality. Female football players in South Africa have been a target of this form of rape.
- In 2008, Eudy Simelane (below right), a member of the women's national football team, was murdered after a rape attack.
- This video, made by documentary filmmaker Elena Ghanotakis, shows the account of a rape survivor in South Africa.
- Many credit the nation's violent past, especially during the apartheid era, with being the cause of the country's rape epidemic. With only one in nine women estimated to report her rape to police, an attitude of impunity exists for rapists, as Zimbabwean cartoonist Tony Namate illustrates.
- A 2009 survey of South African adults examined attitudes toward rape. Other studies have suggested that men do not consider rape to be a major problem.
- This public service announcement from the South African group Rape Crisis highlighted the need to act on awareness of the problem.
- These videos, also courtesy of Ghanotakis, show the perspectives of two rape perpetrators in South Africa.
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