Today I read an article that blew me away. While browsing through my Twitter feed the title, “Rise in gang rapes of teen girls”, grabbed my attention immediately. The article speaks about a brave teen girl who survived a gang rape. The 15 year old and her family are standing up against her attackers and pressing charges despite the fact that their lives may be in danger because of it.
Honestly, I take my hat off to this girl and her mom. I’m not sure I’d have the courage to do the same – not many people would. The girl’s mother says selflessly in the article that she will not drop the charges because she doesn’t want it to happen to someone else’s child.
Here are some of the shocking truths about violent abuse (extracted from the article):
- 50 000 – the average number of reported rapes in SA every year
- 10 000 000 – the number of actual rapes experts believe are happening every year
- 3 – the percentage of rape cases that actually result in cases going to court
- 28 000 – the number of reported sex violations against SA children last year
- 5 – the percentage of children who will be sexually abused before they turn 18
- 85 – the percentage of rapists who are armed with a knife or a firearm
- 65 – the percentage of women who get raped in their homes
- 1000 – the number of domestic violence cases reported by Mitchell’s Plain cops every month.
MEC for Community Safety Dan Plato is quoted saying “Alcohol and drugs are major contributors for rapes and many may feel they do not want to lay a charge.” [My response to his comment?] Thank you for that Captain Obvious, now what are YOU going to do about it?
With elections coming up this is the perfect opportunity for both the ANC and the DA (and all the smaller political parties) to stop all the talk and start taking action. Our people deserve better, especially innocent children.
We all know Rome wasn’t built in a day but maybe if our politicians worried less about power and worried more about the people who put them into power, the future of all South African citizens would be looking a lot brighter.
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