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    South African Rape Survey Shock

    One in four men in South Africa may have raped someone - with most of those attacking more than one victim, data from a new survey suggests.


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    Can't wait for the world cup.

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    Quarter of Men in South Africa Admit Rape, Survey Finds

    • Research exposes culture of sexual violence
    • Government criticised for 'woeful' conviction rate



    One in four men in South Africa have admitted to rape and many confess to attacking more than one victim, according to a study that exposes the country's endemic culture of sexual violence.

    Three out of four rapists first attacked while still in their teens, the study found. One in 20 men said they had raped a woman or girl in the last year.

    South Africa is notorious for having one of the highest levels of rape in the world. Only a fraction are reported, and only a fraction of those lead to a conviction.

    The study into rape and HIV, by the country's Medical Research Council (MRC), asked men to tap their answers into a Palm Pilot device to guarantee anonymity. The method appears to have produced some unusually frank responses.

    Professor Rachel Jewkes of the MRC, who carried out the research, said: "We have a very, very high prevalence of rape in South Africa. I think it is down to ideas about masculinity based on gender hierarchy and the sexual entitlement of men. It's rooted in an African ideal of manhood."

    Jewkes and her colleagues interviewed a representative sample of 1,738 men in South Africa's Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

    Of those surveyed, 28% said they had raped a woman or girl, and 3% said they had raped a man or boy. Almost half who said they had carried out a rape admitted they had done so more than once, with 73% saying they had carried out their first assault before the age of 20.

    The study, which had British funding, also found that men who are physically violent towards women are twice as likely to be HIV-positive. They are also more likely to pay for sex and to not use condoms.

    Any woman raped by a man over the age of 25 has a one in four chance of her attacker being HIV-positive.

    One in 10 men said they had been forced to have sex with another man. Many find it difficult to report such attacks to the police in subcultures where the concept of homosexuality is taboo.

    South Africa's government has been repeatedly criticised for failing to address the crisis. Only 7% of reported rapes are estimated to lead to a conviction. Jewkes said: "There's been a lot of concern about the way the criminal justice system works, because it's still woeful."

    Before his election as president, Jacob Zuma stood trial for the rape of a family friend. His supporters demonstrated at the court house, verbally attacked his accuser and sang "burn the bitch, burn the bitch". Zuma was eventually acquitted.

    Jewkes added: "The social space for debating these gender issues is now smaller than it was a few years ago. We need our government to show political leadership in changing attitudes. We need South African men, from the top to the grassroots, to take responsibility."

    Anti-rape campaigners said the shocking figures demonstrated the need for reform. Dean Peacock, co-director of the Sonke Gender Justice project, said: "We need to make sure the criminal justice system is held to account. We have lots of discussion in this country, but not enough action is taken to ensure that perpetrators will face consequences."

    Zuma, a polygamist, was criticised for emphasising his Zulu tribal identity and singing militant songs during this year's election campaign. He made comments that outraged anti-Aids and gender campaigners.

    Peacock added: "We're at a complicated moment in South African history with revived traditionalism and there's a danger of gender transformation being lost.

    "We hear men saying, 'If Jacob Zuma can have many wives, I can have many girlfriends.' The hyper-masculine rhetoric of the Zuma campaign is going to set back our work in challenging the old model of masculinity."

    Carrie Shelver, an activist with People Opposing Women Abuse, said: "Generally there's a deficit of understanding and commitment to women's rights by the leadership of this country. It's simply not on people's agenda."

    A report published by the trade union Solidarity earlier this month said that one child is raped in South Africa every three minutes, with 88% of rapes going unreported. It found that levels of child abuse in South Africa are increasing rapidly.

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    Ya,they should add "free rape bonus from Africans" on the tourist guides.

    Any self-respecting woman should stay away from that place during the World Cup, or bring a strong man to protect her.

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    Yip this is a big concern for me, especially as I married young(at age 23, my wife being 20 at the time) and can not bring myself to think what I would do if this happened to my wife! There are some horrific stories out there, the husband/boyfriend being tied up having to watch it happen, being gang raped over and over... the list goes on and on! Luckily I live in a more rural city relatively unaffected by the crime scourge. Most of the rapes, I guess about 97% of rapes are black on black and happens in the townships, with about 2% of them black men raping white woman- and this part is my concern! Most of the black bastards dream of having a white woman and this is mostly the only means for them to make it happen. I'm sick of being surrounded by primitive beings only driven by their primal urges!!! When are the world going to realize they are not the innocent civilized beings they are thought to be?!!

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    "Before his election as president, Jacob Zuma stood trial for the rape of a family friend. His supporters demonstrated at the court house, verbally attacked his accuser and sang "burn the bitch, burn the bitch". Zuma was eventually acquitted."

    I believe the woman that accused Zuma of raping her was sent out of the country for her own protection before the verdict. Shouldn't a president of a country be an example to his/her people? Obviously not in Africa! And then he says he took a shower after the incident to protect him from the HIV virus! Plleeaassse!

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    Rape like all other crimes in SA is out of control, and if the president of the country is not leading by any example, then like all other things...mostly all hope of improvement is lost. If you read the newspapers in SA you will see the true horrors, allmost every armed burglary incident is associated with a woman being raped, there was one incident not to long ago where a woman was raped on top of her daughter. The problem is that these barbarians are in power and they are untouchable. The law in SA makes it impossible to protect yourself or your loved ones from the hoards. If you find your wife being raped and you kill the bastard, his fellow primitive hoardsmen will rape you in a police cell. The world cup next year will bring thousands of naive people to Africa, people who believe the whole rainbow nation myth. I hope that the guys and girls that worked so hard to bring down the Afrikaner nation will be the first to arrive on our democratic, law abiding shores, to come and live the wonder of post apartheid freedom....the friendly travel brochures will probably not read that HIV is more freely available than sunshine.

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    I agree that something should be done.
    However, the statistics that were given were of a electronic poll that was conducted in Rural Transkei and Natal.
    You can prove anything with statistics. As this poll clearly demonstrates.

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    Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, is a densely populated melting pot with some of South Africa's worst social ills: poverty, unemployment, HIV/AIDS and crime.

    One of the most common crimes in Alexandra Township --- and throughout the country --- is rape.

    A recent survey by the Medical Research Council of South Africa, a statutory government funded body, found that one in four South African men has raped at least one woman in their lifetimes. And that nearly half have raped more than one woman.

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