- This is not surprising at all. Its a sick country. I
wonder what percentage of rapes are committed by BLACK MALES, because my
bet is, you'll see they commit about 90% or more of the rapes in this country.
That's my thumbsuck guess. -- Jan
- Shocking Figures Reveal Rape Trends In South
- By Karen Breytenbach
- Cape Times
- Almost a fifth of South African men have raped a woman
at least once in their lives, the South African Medical Research Council
(MRC) has disclosed in releasing its annual report.
- The MRC's Gender and Health Research Unit interviewed
1 370 men between the ages of 15 and 26 about sexual violence towards women.
- About eight percent of respondents reported having been
sexually violent towards their intimate partner, while 16.3 percent reported
raping a non-partner or participating in some form of gang-rape.
- 'We have to teach boys and men to respect women'
- Also noted was an overlap of 44 percent of men raping
non-partners and intimate partners. The mean age at which respondents first
raped a woman was 17.
- The MRC considers this research paper of "substantial
international importance" as it is the first of its kind outside North
America. It is also the first to have a single set of data on the rape
of intimate and non-intimate partners. The findings contribute significantly
to an understanding of why rape is so common in South Africa.
- The researchers looked at reasons why men raped and common
factors in their backgrounds. Adversity in childhood, alcohol abuse and,
surprisingly, a more educated mother were associated with partner and non-partner
rapes. Non-partner rapes were also associated with greater susceptibility
to peer pressure to have sex, membership of a gang or using drugs.
- The destructive impact of apartheid on the family made
many children vulnerable to sexual and emotional abuse, the study found.
- "The other noticeable set of factors are those related
to particular ideas of masculinity, where women are seen as objects to
be conquered and controlled, sex is often seen as an impersonal act of
physical gratification, with masculinity often defined in terms of sexual
conquest, and where male peer group bonding is emphasised," the MRC
- "Contrary to popular belief that men who rape are
poor and unable to win women for consensual sex, we found men of relatively
higher social status were more likely to rape."
- A survey of 1 295 sexually active women from the rural
Eastern Cape explored the link between HIV and gender-based violence. HIV
infection was associated with having three or more partners in the preceding
year and having a partner who was three or more years older and more educated
than the woman.
- The Health Promotion Research and Development Group found
sexual assault, violence and depression common among HIV-positive women.
A sub-division of the unit is looking into male attitudes and is working
with traditional leaders to include health messages during initiation.
- "Especially in terms of HIV, men are part of the
problem. We have to teach boys and men to respect their sexual health and
women," Mbewu said.