A quarter of SA men rape

2009-06-19 00:00

MORE than a quarter of the men interviewed for an SA Medical Research Council (MRC) study, admitted to raping a woman or a girl.

Nearly five percent of those rapes were committed last year.

Of the men surveyed, 27,6% admitted to raping a woman or girl.

One in five of confessed rapists had HIV, added the study, which canvassed 1 738 men of all race groups, different socio-economic backgrounds, and urban and rural areas.

The researchers said the aim was to understand the prevalence of rape in a random sample of men in the community, and to understand factors associated with rape, as well as the connection between rape, physical intimate partner violence and HIV.

Close to 15% of the men admitted to raping a current or ex-girlfriend.

Nearly one in two of the men who raped admitted to raping more than one female, while 7,7% had raped more than 10.

Almost 10% of these men said they were under 10 when they first forced a female into sex; 46,5% said they committed rape aged between 15 and 19.

Exploring the factors behind the phenomenon, the study said rape is significantly associated with trauma in childhood.

Many of the men reported teasing, bullying and harassment in their childhood.

The report said the origins of rape are “too deeply embedded in ideas about South African manhood”, which need to be addressed through education, employment, strengthening families, and reducing the exposure of children to violence.

27,6% admitted to rape.

15% have raped a partner.

7,7% have raped 10 or more women

First rape: 10% were aged under 10.

46,5% raped as teens.

 

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