Friday, March 6, 2009

Only countries at war suffer as much sexual violence as South Africa, Doctors Without Borders has said in a global report highlighting rape

Some of the countries that suffer the most rapes include Liberia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Colombia. On average in those countries, 35 women are raped every day, MSF said. Although sexual violence is exacerbated in war, MSF says it also affects millions of people living in post-conflict countries or even in stable environments. In South Africa rape is associated with criminal activity and domestic violence. "We have noticed that rape in societies has become normal, it has become normal to be raped," said Janine Josias, an MSF doctor working in Khayelitsha township, outside Cape Town. Khayelitsha has one of the highest rape incidences in a country where it is estimated that a woman is violated every 26 seconds.

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