1 in 4

19 06 2009

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.


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