Rape is not only a criminal act but also a health problem because of the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, and mental health issues that arise in the aftermath.
While the true extent of rape in South Africa cannot be estimated and the under-reporting rate remains unknown, the apparent rampant rate of rape of young girls is fueling at least one woman’s fight to beat the scourge. This is the inside story of prosecutor Nickie Turner, a senior advocate from the Eastern Cape.
Women in communities propped up by illegal mining are pushed deep into the margins of invisible society, subject to rape and domestic violence. Ufrieda Ho reports for HEALTH-E from Durban Deep mines on the Gauteng West Rand.
South Africa’s rape statistics are so muddled some experts call them “meaningless”. But the real challenge is to build a supportive environment that enables rape survivors to report the crime.