Rape a Common African Pastime?

Tranquilpen By Tranquilpen, 25th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-wl-po_/
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A common African myth holds that sexual intercourse with a virgin will cure a man of HIV or AIDS. Child abusers are often relatives of their victims - even their fathers and providers...

South Africa Leads The World In Rape

A researcher, Suzanne Leclerc-Madlala said; "the myth is not confined to South Africa, as fellow AIDS researchers in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria have told me that the myth also exists in these countries, and that it is being blamed for the high rate of sexual abuse against young children".

It is estimated that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than of learning how to read.
According to a recent report by Interpol, the international police agency. , South Africa leads the world in rapes and it further claimed, that; "a woman is raped in South Africa every 17 seconds". and one in every two women, would be raped in their lifetime.

The other very sad reality, is that unlike the rest of the world, rape statistics for South Africa in particular, have gone up instead of down over the past 5 years. So much so, that on average approximately one thousand three hundred women can be expected to be raped per day in South Africa, according to their findings.


C.I.E.T. (Community of Information, Empowerment and Transparency), in a Recent survey of 4000 women interviewed, found that 1 in 3 of them had been raped in the past year. This means that on average approximately one thousand three hundred women can be expected to be raped per day in South Africa.

In another survey conducted by the Medical Research Council (M.R.C.) More than 25% of the male respondents admitted that they had raped someone and of those interviewed, more than 50% said that they had committed multiple rapes.
An average of 500,000 rapes are committed in S.A. annually according to the M.R.C.

The Medical Research Foundation after a recent survey, said that in the most populous city in South Africa, Johannesburg, more than 37% of men said that they had raped a woman. Of the same 487 men interviewed, 7% admitted that they participate in gang rapes!

Child and Baby Rape:

South Africa is reported as having the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world, with more than 67,000 cases reported in 2010. Welfare groups believe that these statistics could be 10 times that number if unreported rapes were to be included.
Hardly surprising, since twenty five percent of 1500 schoolboys recently interviewed in the town of Soweto , said that; "jackrolling", a term for gang rape, was "great fun". It was also established, that 30 percent of adolescent schoolgirls reported that their first sexual encounter was forced.

When the National Institute of Crime Rehabilitation revealed the outcome of their investigations, it was found that the biggest increase in attacks, was against children under 7. This was unofficially, based on the premise, that only one in twenty rapes are actually reported, the figure could be well over 500.000 a year.

Most of these babies had required extensive reconstructive surgery to rebuild urinary, genital, abdominal, or tracheal systems, which lead to an increased need to address the problem socially and legally.

Another very disturbing occurrence, according to Child welfare organizations was an increase in the number of abandoned children, some of them simply dumped in dump sites and toilets.

16% Believe Women Enjoyed The Experience!

16 percent of South African men who knew someone who had been raped, believed that the rape survivor had enjoyed the experience and had asked for it. According to a recent study police estimated that only one in 36 rape cases was reported and of those only 15 percent culminated in actual conviction.

Finally, while there are several self protection and defense organizations operating in South Africa providing vital advice to women and children, I feel that the old adage of "prevention being better than a cure", is perhaps more appropriate. and that the whole gender inequality mind set, needs to change at the grassroots level for there to ever be a turnabout of this sick mentality.

When attitudes with regards to gender inequality inside the homes and among our political and social leaders start to change, and respect for one another is fostered, there will be no need to step up safety and security measures to protect women and children
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Author's note:
Someone very close to me was raped by a South African while on business in UK.
I am including some free links below no pre- training needed.





www.tkd.co.za
www.street-self-defense.com





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As Andre' Hartslief, I strongly believe, that In life, there are no justified resentments.”We the old legends will become relics and fade away, while new giants emerge in our world of sobering truths.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Apr 2011 (#)

They enjoyed the rape?
The perfect example of denial, just unreal. Good for you, for putting this out in the limelight. Nice writing and info. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Apr 2011 (#)

Seems universal doesn't it. No matter where the rape takes place, the rapist rationalization or justification is "the woman asked for it."

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author avatar Delicia Powers
26th Apr 2011 (#)

Very eye-opening, thank you tranguilpen...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
26th Apr 2011 (#)

You are so right Delicia.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
26th Apr 2011 (#)

I was ashamed to place this, but recently someone very dear to me was raped by an unknown South African male colleague working in Ireland.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
26th Apr 2011 (#)

Placing these stats alongside the prestiges 2010 World-cup event as well as our human rights "Nobel prize laureates", certainly looks a tiny bit out of whack don,t you think?

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author avatar Retired
26th Apr 2011 (#)

this is a hard to read page, but one which needs to be read.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
26th Apr 2011 (#)

Hard indeed Rebecca,but quite necessary as you say. Thanks for stopping by.

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author avatar daniel ogbeifun
26th Apr 2011 (#)

i read your piece and its quite informative. however, you are wrong about the issue of the belief of curing aids in adult men by raping children in Nigeria. Am not just saying this because am a Nigeria; am saying it here because its nit true. I suggest you work more on your facts before you put up a piece like this.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
26th Apr 2011 (#)

one my research and i am only quoting this person:A researcher, Suzanne Leclerc-Madlala said; "the myth is not confined to South Africa, as fellow AIDS researchers in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria have told me that the myth also exists in these countries, and that it is being blamed for the high rate of sexual abuse against young children".

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author avatar Tranquilpen
26th Apr 2011 (#)

I have found this information on the open Internet and have only used what is available. All of the councils and societies I quote, exist here in South Africa and their records are available to the public. I was also upset about these facts my Friend.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
27th Apr 2011 (#)

As an anthropologist, I am painfully aware of this reality--in Africa and in other parts of the world. The fact that it remains sanctioned by a such a large sector of the population is perhaps the most difficult part to fathom.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
27th Apr 2011 (#)

Hello James, Thank you for stopping by and sharing your Anthropologically supported, expert opinion.

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author avatar Songbird B
27th Apr 2011 (#)

Disturbing and horrifying reading, Tranquilpen...This needed to be aired, but makes difficult reading let alone taking on board the statistics...I am so very sorry to hear about your friend's dreadful experience...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
27th Apr 2011 (#)

It was even harder to try and select only the most pertinent stats. Perhaps i should have rather spoken in general terms. I'll remember next time, thank you Songbird.

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author avatar Humza
28th Apr 2011 (#)

great write tranquil!
GOD I mean i dont know what to say!!! this is soo absurd, how do these animals survive after ruining others lives!!!
thnx alot for the tips!!!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
28th Apr 2011 (#)

All are God's creatures, I know this. I also understand about judging others and the consequences thereof, having said that, it still is extremely hard to accept that the likes of them are roaming our streets. Often even dressed up in a well known toy store's Santa Clause costume, as came to light recently, where one of them had been abusing and molesting little kids for more than a decade. "Animals" you say, well I have yet to see an animal behaving thus as I'm sure you would agree. Words fail me as the author. All of us reacted differently to this issue as you will note, yet one point came across very clearly; "this kind of behavior is not acceptable,period". Thank you one and all for caring.

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author avatar Humza
29th Apr 2011 (#)

very true they dont even deserve to be compared to animals and no such word has been invented to date to entitle these morons with!!!
MAy GOD protect us all and our kids

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author avatar Tranquilpen
29th Apr 2011 (#)

Hello Humza, your sincere comment on the subject, has made me think deeply, especially the last part; "MAY GOD protect us all and our kids". A certain scriptural quote, at a dark time in St.Paul's life when he was addressing the Romans, there was a great hindrance among them at the time of something that threatened to over power them. His answer to them was;"Put It In The Past". (Rom.8.37) Act as though this evil is already in the past, and it will be so.Best wishes:)

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author avatar Humza
30th Apr 2011 (#)

yes but for that we really need to make this evil a past by our efforts aginst it!!!

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author avatar D in The Darling
9th May 2011 (#)

It all revolves around ignorance and selfishness. They know it's just a myth. I live next door to South Africa. It's really sad to see the number of girls that get reported missing on TV only to be found dead after having been raped.

What pains a lot is the fact that these are people who claim to be Christians;gentle, loving and caring! Where did it all go wrong?

I don't know much about the countries.

Castrate the rapists!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
9th May 2011 (#)

Hello D, The records are open for public scrutiny here in S.A. I nearly "drowned" in the sea of sad accounts of rape upon rape and child molestation and general abuse. I do know this, that as long as people like you and the other readers will remain outraged by this abominable kind of conduct, things will change. Thank you for your insightful comment.GBY

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author avatar MidgetGem
5th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. Until I read your article I had no idea what went on. I like the way you have kept to the facts. A lot of newspaper journalists could do with taking a lesson or two from you in how to write sensitively on issues of such importance.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
6th Aug 2011 (#)

Hello Midget Gem, thank you for your positive comment on this sensitive issue. I think the one significant difference between our articles, and that of mainstream media, is that they need to sell copy, in order to survive, whereas we write for the love of it:-))

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