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Shocking: One in Four Men Admit Rape in South Africa

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.

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eveday eveday 8 years
This is horrible and it's been happening for a long time.
Meike Meike 8 years
So sad... what are these men thinking? Do they never think of their mothers, sisters, or daughters who could become potential victims of this act as well? Or do they just not care...?
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
This is disturbing and makes me sick....
Rouge-Noir Rouge-Noir 8 years
It's a tragic paradox that one of the most beautiful places on earth (in terms of its breathtaking nature) has an almost unparallelled history of violence and segregation. I spent some time in SA back in the nineties, and I was shocked to read about rape, assault and domestic violence in the local ladies magazines, described matter-of-factly in the advice columns since such atrocities are an inescapable part of being a woman in SA. Some of the people I traveled with even witnessed a gang rape, unable to help the poor woman assaulted. The perpetrators were a group of rugby players in their early twenties. We had met them earlier the same night at a club, one of them asked me for a dance, but I turned him down because he was drunk, creepy and aggressive. What happened later to the woman really scared us all and just confirmed what we had heard from the locals and the media. The 7 percent conviction rate is really disheartening. It seems there is little hope for SA in this regard.
janneth janneth 8 years
Gang rape as a form of male bonding. This is beyond pathetic. And of course, no consequences.
Phil Phil 8 years
Sickening. I remember reading a stat from a survey (that I'm unable to trace to its source, so I can't attest to its credibility) that claimed 35% of men indicated some likelihood that they would commit a violent rape if they were sure they could get away with it. And in a Ms. Magazine study (mind: ~a couple decades ago), 1/12 of male college students admitted to committing acts legally defined as rape or attempted rape, and only 84% disagreed that their actions were rape. There are serious misconceptions driving this appalling behavior, and not enough is being done about it, both at home and abroad.
kty kty 8 years
shocking but not really surprising since the repeated scandals that happen at oprah school for girls....just a sad thing to read though,what's disturbing is them admitting it like it was the best thing to admit to,or something to be proud of....really sad.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
This makes me so sad right now to think that these men think abusing and degrading women is a way to bond. How sick! My heart goes out to the women in South Africa who endure this and I hope somehow that South Africa turns the tide on this
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