Let your imagination run wild, it wouldn’t bring up a suitable depiction of rape and child rape in South Africa. The anomaly isn’t only excessively unbelievable and unfathomable. It is disgusting, repulsive, appaling, frightful, horrendous, heinous, awful, atrocious and off-putting.
Not long past, the 2017 Crime Statistics was released. Among other things, the stats revealed that not fewer than 109 people are being raped in the country every day. Similarly, there was a study which reported that about 11,000 women and young girls are being raped every year in Rustenburg district, North West.
Disgusting stories like that of a woman who was raped, killed and eaten; the KwaZulu-Natal Principal and 2 teachers who gang-raped a school girl, inspired South Africans to stand behind the Komani mum who stabbed a rapist to death. Likewise, people didn’t hesitate to stone a Durban man to death for attempting to rape a 6-year-old girl.
While many thoughts have been shared concerning child rape in South Africa, here are answers to the three questions you have been asking about the rape issue.
Question 1: Why Do Men Rape?
South Africans have always asked this question any time the country has to deal with another despicable rape crime. For instance, the question was popular when 14-year-old Luyanda Mhlongo was raped and murdered in KZN. The kid was severally stabbed and strangled to death. While people wondered what manner of debased humans would perpetrate such evil, they pondered on the question above.
Anyway, it has been found that men rape for several reasons that include the following:
- They believe that they are entitled to have sex;
- Because they were bullied as children;
- They thought it was an opportunity;
- Because they were bored;
- They just want to have fun;
- Or because they see it as a game
Let’s start off with those who believed it is their right to have sex. These guys, which represents two third (69.3%) of South African men who admit to raping disclosed that they raped people because of sexual entitlement. Essentially, they go about raping people because they believe sex is owed to them.
While 54% of men who admitted to raping claimed that they were bullied as kids, over 50 percent of those who have raped girls that are younger than 15 years offered that they did it “to have fun” or “as part of a game”. Also, half of the men who agreed that they have raped young girls say they did it because they believed it was an “opportunity” – they thought the child wouldn’t report the crime. In addition to that, one out of three men divulged that they raped kids because they were bored.
Question 2: When Do Men Start To Rape?
It was found that most men started raping in their teenage years but shockingly, almost 10 percent of men who agreed that they’ve raped people said they were under 10 years old when they raped someone for the first time. And, 46.5 percent said they raped for the first time between the ages of 15 and 19.
Another research that supported the foregoing suggested that “men who rape tend to start young, in high school or the first couple of years of college, likely crossing a line with someone they know.”
Question 3: How Often Do Men Rape?
First, you probably don’t know that almost one out of three men (27.6%) in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal province have raped a woman or a girl. Anyway, most men rape more than once and this is particularly true for the aforementioned provinces. As found, 46.8% of those who admit to having raped related that they did so more than once. Out of that, 7.7% revealed that they have raped 10 times and more.
More so, it was uncovered that one in five South African children must have been sexually abused by the time they are between 15 to 17 years old. This isn’t peculiar to girls, it is true for boys too.
Conclusively, rape and child rape is thriving in South Africa because most victims are usually reluctant to report the crime due to fear of being stigmatized. Also, they often don’t get dedicated legal support which is functional in facilitating a quick processing of cases for justice to prevail.
Data Source – Saartjie Baartman Centre