1 in 4 college women have been sexually assaulted or raped. Now, the 1 in 4 refers to the new statistic that 1 in 4 men in South Africa have admitted to rape. More than half of these men also confessed to raping more than one victim too. 3 of 4 rapists first perpetrated while in their teens and 1 in 20 men said that they had raped a girl or woman within the past year.
This data was found in a recent study by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The sample size was a representative group of 1,738 men in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The study also uncovered that:
– 28% of respondents said they had raped a woman or girl, and 3% said they had raped a man or boy.
– 73% of respondents said that they perpetrated their first rape before the age of 20.
– Men who are physically violent towards women are two times as likely to be HIV positive. They are also more inclined to pay for sex and not wear condoms.
– There is a 25% chance that an attacker over 25 is HIV positive.
– 1 in 10 men said that they had been forced to have sex with another man.
According to a previous report released by the trade union Solidarity earlier this month, 1 child is raped in South Africa every 3 minutes, child abuse rates in South Africa are quickly increasing, and 88% of rapes are going unreported.
This is really sad and disheartening knowledge. The MRC study really exposes the prevalence of sexual violence against women in South Africa. Sexual violence is a problem that women everywhere face. It does not get enough attention and often times it is swept under the rug – out of sight, out of mind. We need to focus more on prevention efforts, and these must be proactive steps that we take. We can’t just wait for a perpetrator to perpetrate and for an assault to occur in order to take action. Prevention must start early on in life.