South Africa total reported rapes for 2015 is a case of 53 617. Although the 2016 crime stats will only be released by SAPS near the end of September, according to Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Sarah Strydom of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, “These statistics do not give a clear picture of the extent of the problem because:
• Rape is notorious for being under-reported. Research in the field varied from between 1 in 9 to 1 in 23 (this is for intimate partner violence). Which means that the real rape rate is at least 9 times higher. Rape is under-reported because of individual factors (the person is often too traumatised), social factors (the stigma and the victim blaming that exists) and system factors (the low conviction rate).
• The category “Sexual Crimes” that SAPS publishes, includes ALL types of sexual offences, which makes it difficult to isolate individual types of crimes and see where the problem lies.”
We spoke to a reader about her shock and horror of being affected by rape. Her story is as follows:
“She’s a divorcee and I feel so bad that her five-year-old daughter got raped while she was on the job that I referred her to!” Shares an emotional reader who wishes to remain anonymous. We gently ask,”What happened?”
She talks through tears and sniffles of a genuinely shattered heart. She continues, “I’m so heartbroken right now, I don’t know what to do. You know when I heard that my friend’s five-year-old princess was raped by her neighbour’s boyfriend I just lost it. That illegal Zimbabwean not only molested and sexually abused this defenseless and innocent child but that monster beat her to a pulp a and left her to die locked in a wardrobe.
What sick and twisted [email protected]!$t#d takes pleasure in violently taking a child’s innocence and traumatically scarring the little one for life? Thank God the poor girl was found alive even though she was battered and bruised beyond recognition. That monster is long gone and is causing more trouble wherever he is because he knows he is untraceable. There’s no finger print, no form of identification…he has just vanished and what remains of this poor child?
As far as I know countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and northern Nigeria, amputate culprits for repeated stealing. Why can’t amputation for rapists take place? Or even bring back the death penalty. How do we fix this as a nation? Our women and children are suffering with nowhere to go for safety and protection. Last week, it was a close colleague of mine who got raped in broad daylight and when she managed to report the case at the police station nearby, the very same cops gang raped her too. She’s currently in ICU fighting for her life. Enough is enough!”
For more information or assistance go to:
POWA – People Opposing Women Abuse
Address: Mitchell St, Johannnesburg, 2196
Phone: 011 642 4345
Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme
Physical address: House Number 2, Old Embassy Buildings, Sibasa, Thohoyandou, Limpopo
Postal address: PO Box 754, Sibasa, 0970
Tel: 015 963 1222
Fax: 015 963 1973
021 447 9762 – 24 hour Crisis Line
08000 55 555
Childline National Office
Physical Address: Suite 310, 3rd Floor Cowey Park, 91 Problem Mkhize Rd, Morningside, Durban
Postal Address: P O Box 51418, Musgrave, 4062
Tel: 031-207 9108
Fax: 086 511 0032 /031 207 9082
*The pictures used are stock images for illustration purposes only and do not depict the actual people in the story.