Sunday, June 20, 2010

South Africa has one of the highest rape rates in the world

A 2009 report by South Africa's Medical Research Council found that 28% of men surveyed had raped a woman or girl, with one in 20 saying they had raped in the past year, according to Human Rights Watch. In most African countries, even though rape is common, rape convictions are not. Affected women don't get immediate access to medical care, and DNA tests to provide evidence are unaffordable. Women and girls who experience these violations are denied justice, factors that contribute to the normalization of rape and violence in African societies. Women take drastic measures to prevent rape in South Africa with some wearing extra tight biker shorts and others inserting razor blades in their private parts.

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