PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
s1zwe
 
Comments: 13
Article views: 2159
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all s1zwe's badges.
 

48951 Rapes a Year

31 January 2014, 17:18

Today I was listening to Radio702 and was listening to the conversation about the scourge of rape. To be honest I was disgusted and felt really angry about this problem. I think there is a huge problem and cannot for the life of me work out when this started, I also don’t know how long it’s been this bad and been unreported.

As things stand I will admit that I think that 48951 is probably conservative and it’s probably much higher. With election season in full swing Redi Thlabi said that leaders campaigning should also take this opportunity to speak out against this. Instinctively I tweeted “The irony of Jacob Zuma leading such a campaign” Well something along those lines...

Redi and some fellow tweetsters quickly corrected us who made such suggestions that he had been acquitted and as such we can’t go about making such accusations. This got me to thinking a few things

Radio702\LeadSA say that 48951 rapes were reported and every 4 minutes they ring a bell to indicate that every 4 minutes in this country a woman gets raped. Now unless there were 48951 convictions in the last year this is surely alarmist to stage such a campaign.

I am not about to start doubting people when they say they have been raped, it would be crass to make light of such but as a responsible media house I would like to suggest we then don’t put out such a message about us.

I am not sure how it’s convenient to make such a huge oversight when you seem to be able to differentiate between an accusation, conviction and acquittal. I am not sure that for example JZ having had been acquitted means that nothing happened. We all know how fantastic our justice system is and when someone perhaps ducks a few hundred corruption charges, has friend’s who slip out of jail on sick parole and sidesteps rape charges the woman was incorrect.

It’s a bit confusing to now say because a court of law says you were not raped you were not raped. A woman called and then spoke about how a guy said to her “If you don’t consent I am going to rape you.” She said “Ok, as long as you use a condom”

Technically you can argue there was consent hence throw out rape but we can all see how that would be rape. I don’t use this to sling mud a President Jacob Zuma no; I am just saying we must be consistent in pronouncements we make

IT’S IRRESPONSIBLE TO STATE THAT EVERY FOUR MINUTES A WOMAN IS RAPED IN SA. I am not defending this nonsense either, I am saying the problem is much bigger than us then getting pedantic and saying he was acquitted. I know that sometimes people are falsely accused but that is miniscule compared to those who do get raped, we also know how often people get away with crime.

We can’t say the same legal system that fails so many of us all the time is now to be implicitly trusted when pronouncing on a matter as private and secretive as rape. That’s all

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Dewald Esterhuizen
Humanity a rarity

I am reading so much upon this lion being killed and I see the outrage in America and the extreme extend to which they go to persecute this dentist. Read more...

18 comments 488 views
Submitted by
Jenny Reid
Identity Crisis! What to do when ...

While these people must deal with the inconvenience of applying for new passports, there’s a far more sinister issue at play. Read more...

1 comments 148 views
Submitted by
Ann Muigai
Focus on what truly matters

“Never” is an infectious word, like a flu virus. Once you’ve caught it, everything loses its sparkle. It’s commonplace to hear people say and swear that they will never do, forget or say something. Read more...

2 comments 106 views
Submitted by
Motsamai Molefe
What is the 'struggle'?

The article by Floyd Shivhambu on the absence of Dr. Blande Nzimande in the struggle is impressive in a highly qualified sense – the narrative and argumentation flow seamlessly to prove its point.  Read more...

4 comments 242 views
Submitted by
BornAtheist
Evolution 101

The evidence that all evolution deniers and people like Ray Comfort and Ken Ham are wanting does not exist.  Read more...

77 comments 773 views
Submitted by
Melikhaya Yoko
South Africa is not free yet

The idea that we are free is a complicated one. We are free to a political extent but not economically so. Read more...

0 comments 354 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.