Human Rights in South Africa - Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence

It is estimated that 500,000 women are raped in South Africa every year with the average woman more likely to be raped than complete secondary school. A 2009 survey found one in four South African men admitted to raping someone and another survey found one in three women out of 4000 surveyed women said they had been raped in the past year.

Rapes are also perpetrated by children (some as young as ten). Child and baby rape incidences are some of the highest in the world. A number of high-profile baby rapes that included extensive reconstructive surgery to rebuild urinary, genital, abdominal, or tracheal systems have appeared including, in 2001, a 9-month-old was raped and likely lost consciousness as the pain was too much to bear. Another 9-month-old baby was raped by six men, aged between 24 and 66. A 4-year-old girl died after being raped by her father. A 14-month-old girl was raped by her two uncles. In 2002, an 8-month-old infant was reportedly gang raped by four men.

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