What is the Extent of Rape in South Africa?
What do we know?
- Over 41% of rapes reported in South Africa involve children under the age of 18.
- 84% of girls under the age of 12 are raped by someone they know.
- 57% of girls between the ages of 12 and 17 are raped by someone they know.
- Almost one in five women report being raped by their partner or an ex-partner.
- A survey conducted in KZN and the Eastern Cape found that about 9.6% of men interviewed had been victimised sexually by other men in the course of their lifetime.
- Sex workers are often victims of rape by both clients and police officers.
- Rape in South Africa is under reported. A 2010 study finding that only 1 in 13 women raped by a non-partner reported the matter and one in 25 women, raped by their partners reported the matter.
- Of the 62,649 sexual offences reported in 2014, only 5,484 resulted in a conviction. That is a conviction rate of ??? %
- 56% of men interviewed in a 2016 study in Diepsloot reported that they had either raped or beaten a woman in the last year. Out of the men who had been violent recently, 60% committed multiple acts of violence against women.
What prevents rape survivors from reporting rape?
- Fear they will not be believed.
- Fear that the offender will retaliate.
- Fear that they will be treated with disrespect by the police.
- Feelings of shame.
- Feelings of guilt.
- Feelings of pity and love towards the offender.
- Fear of upsetting the stability of the family.
- Fear of economic loss if the offender is a breadwinner.
- Fear of legal processes.