First mobile sex survey a hit

2011-06-09 22:40

Pietermaritzburg - The very first sex survey using a mobile platform as a conduit has proved to be a big hit with youngsters around the country, drawing over 138 000 frank responses.

The YoungAfricaLive Youth Sex Survey was based on polls run since last December.

The 138 954 participants, 51% of whom were between the ages of 16 and 24, and 35% of whom were over 24 years but under 35, are all YoungAfricaLive users.

The YoungAfricaLive is a free, interactive mobile platform currently available only to Vodacom subscribers.

It was developed by the Praekelt Foundation as a portal for the youth to engage and educate each other on issues relating to sex, love and relationships.

One of the more shocking revelations of the poll however, exposed the fact that even youth support the theory that women can be to blame for their rapes.

Twenty-three percent of survey respondents believe that one in four South African men rape because too many women wear revealing clothes. As much as 40% of the polls also held the belief that schoolgirls contributed to their sexual exploitation by their teachers since this was a two way street.

Teacher, pupil

Only 35% believed that a relationship between teacher and pupil was always an abuse of power.

Tamsen de Beer, the content editor of YoungAfricaLive said South African’s are always bombarded by what Western youth have to say about sex, adding that it was high time the country gained insight onto the thoughts and feelings that motivate African youth to behave in a way that leads to the statistical tallies we have.

Gustav Praekelt, the founder of the organisation, said the fact that YoungAfricaLive has grown to 36 000 users since its inception in December 2009 is proof of the need for such a markets.

"The power of this platform or youth-to-youth interaction is that it is the peers who start to point users in the direction of the right message and stepping in as educators in the absence of parents for instance," added Praekelt.

He said their future plans include the introduction of professionals, who will advise the users who need it. Discussions are also underway for MNT and other networks to make this platform accessible to their users.

A 2008 National Youth Lifestyle Study published by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention found that 39% of the 12-22 year-olds surveyed reported to ever having sex.

Some 55% of the sexually active respondents then admitted to have had sex before they were 15.


  • Hennie van Staden - 2011-06-09 23:50

    Their is no way to justify the rape of anyone, for no reason whatsoever.

      Krolie - 2011-06-10 05:51

      I agree wholeheartedly, and when on a date or in a group, no means NO!!! No matter whether what the circumstances!

      The Dad - 2011-06-10 06:19

      @Hennie - this is really a head in the sand kind of comment. Rape is not being justified. The thoughts and perceptions of a segment of society around rape and the abuse of power in teacher vs pupil dynamics are being highlighted. These are 2 different things altogether. It's wrong and it's sad when someone is affected by rape or by teacher's abuse of power - I agree, but throwing up your hands and absconding any influence or responsibility is counter-productive and silly.

  • Frungy - 2011-06-10 03:02

    "One of the more shocking revelations of the poll however, exposed the fact that even youth support the theory that women can be to blame for their rapes." So if I leave my car keys in my car and it's stole then I'm just a helpless victim who's not to blame? If I walk through Hillbrow counting my money and I'm mugged I'm just a helpless victim who did nothing wrong? How about if I get drunk at a club with no friends to take me home, pass out and get raped... am I still a helpless victim who did nothing wrong? The answer to all of the above is, "No!". In all the cases you could have done something to prevent the crime. Saying that women are just helpless, delicate little flowers who have no power whatsoever in the circumstances surrounding their rape is the most disempowering thinking. Yes, it stings to admit that you could have done something differently to avoid the rape, but that's how we learn and how we stop it happenening next time. Saying, "Oh it's okay, there was absolutely nothing you could have done!" might seem terribly reassuring, but saying, "Next time carry a gun and use it when they're still 10 meters away." is far more useful in stopping the next rape.

      The Dad - 2011-06-10 06:23

      @Frungy - some of your views are quite functional. Could I caution against the advice/recommendations that you are suggesting... violence is probably not a good solution.

      Kim - 2011-06-10 07:44

      I believe that men should be taught to keep their pants zipped. If I walk around totally naked does not give any man the right to violate my body and that is the mindset we need to change. Too many men still believe that women are nothing but objects and that men are entitled to do exactly as they please. Women should not have to take the blame for man's shortcomings!!

  • Dan - 2011-06-10 06:39

    Rape has become such an easy "escape" word for some girls. I personally know of someone who went through hell and back bacause a little "bitch" accused him of rape after she basically almost "hunted" the poor guy down at varsity. After a couple of weeks together he dumped her just to be accused falsly of rape. Once a man has been associated with rape, the world overnight turns on him. Even when the girl admits its not true, the stigma remains for life. I personally feel girls/woman "abusing" the word rape need to feel the full might of justice. They often just walk away like little spoilt sluts.

      Kim - 2011-06-10 07:47

      @Dan do you know how many men rape their wives and girlfiends because they believe they are entitled to and nothing ever happens to those men. At the end of the day, when a woman says NO and a man does not accept that, it is rape. Too many men still don't understand that concept.

      daaivark - 2011-06-10 07:53

      I don't recall the exact figures, but in the 90's I was involved in research into "domestic rape" and it is unbelievable to see the percentage of rapes that take place within "nuclear families" and even more frightening is the percentage of murders in SA that involve husbands killing their wives. I feel that you are being rather cavalier about this, Dan.

      Krolie - 2011-06-10 08:08

      @Dan You are right of course, but because of that happening in the past, many many woman who have actually BEEN raped were ignored for so many years, JUST IN CASE it was not true. Each and every accusation of rape should be thoroughly investigated with sensitivity and dealt with. There is also those situations where a women who has been raped, is shunned by the public because the guy(s) who did it, with the help of pals, ganged up agains the woman, publicly spreading false rumours about her, effectively having her bow out. Because of this, the guy walks off scot free and SHE has to live with the stigma although she was raped! It goes both ways, and unfortunately in the past men always "won" because the woman feels dirty and ashamed of what has happened, and even saying no repeatedly, she feels what else could she have done to prevent this? It takes a heck of a lot of courage to go "public" by going to court, and there are so many cases where they bow out because of the public making fun of her or her situation, degrading her. For some reason it seems that it is ok for a guy to rape a woman, but the woman who did not ask for it, is classified as a whore and has to live with that for the rest of her life?!

  • TheSkepticDetective - 2011-06-10 07:27

    Women should be able to dress in whatever manner they want without being afraid of being raped as a consequence. A society which sees a woman's attire as just cause to molest her is in dire need of a moral re-positioning.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-06-10 08:41

    I condemn sextexting because cell phones are expensive

  • dirk.brink88 - 2011-06-10 09:27

    there's a lot to gather from this article but the yellow netork is MTN, not MNT - Hahaha

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