"A woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read". A horrific gang-rape captured on video calls attention to this crisis.
Law enforcement is only one part of South Africa’s rape crisis, with more than 56,000 cases reported to police last year. But a 2009 study by the government’s Medical Research Council revealed that only one in 25 rapes was reported to the police. The same survey found more than one-quarter of South African men admitted to raping a woman or girl.
A South African website dedicated to rape victims said about 450,000 rape cases went unreported each year. “It is estimated that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read,” the website said, adding, “[In] a survey conducted among 1,500 schoolchildren in the Soweto township, a quarter of all the boys interviewed said that ‘jackrolling’, a term for gang rape, was fun.”
A bit of related trivia: South Africa has some of the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world.
When there are enough people in a given country raping babies that statistics can be collected, you know that place has fallen off a cliff.
Boris Gromyko is a Contributing Writer for The Propagandist