The figure "one in four" has always stood out in my mind — statistics show that one in four college women in America have survived rape or attempted rape. Now the figure has taken on meaning in South Africa as well, where one in four men admit to raping someone.If you thought the high incidence of rape was tragic, an incredibly sad study reveals it’s even worse than you might have imagined. Men who were physically violent toward women were also twice as likely to be HIV positive. The study unveiled a culture of violence that just gets more disturbing. In South Africa, some men consider gang rape a form of male bonding.
As the high rate of rape suggests, women in South Africa cannot count on the government to address the epidemic — only 7 percent of reported cases lead to a conviction.