More than 30% of Gauteng men admit to rape – study

2010-11-27 07:22

More than a third of Gauteng men in a new survey admitted to committing rape at some point in their lives, the study’s authors said.

The survey, by the government-funded Medical Research Council and non-profit organisation Gender Links, found that 37.4% of men in Gauteng admitted to committing rape at some point in their lives, while 25.3% of women said they had been victims of rape.

It follows up on a national survey carried out last year that found that more than one in four South African men admitted to having raped a woman or girl.

“The previous level was so high that we didn’t expect it to be even higher,” Rachel Jewkes, a researcher at the Medical Research Council, told AFP.

Researchers surveyed 487 men and 511 women in Gauteng.

The study group reflected the province’s demographics, authors said.

Over half the women surveyed said they had experienced some form of violence – emotional, economic, physical or sexual – in their lifetimes, and 78.3% of men admitted to perpetrating some form of violence against women.
The MRC study found that only one in 25 rapes had been reported to the police.

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