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2015-07-07 06:01

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One in every two women killed are murdered by their partner.

Research by the Medical Research Council, mapping trends over a decade, shows that murder by a relative or loved one, often referred to as intimate female homicide, has become the leading way in which women are killed.

And during this study, researchers found that little had been recorded in police dockets on prior abuse history. This is alarming, as murder is seldom the first act of violence against an intimate partner. Perhaps if a history of abuse had been recorded, the murder could have been prevented.

A Gender Links and Medical Research Council survey carried out in 2011 found 71% of women were sexually abused, with a rape taking place every 26 seconds.

In Mitchell’s Plain this week, a woman was assaulted and her eyes gouged out. This was allegedly done by her husband. Cases like these make one feel there are murders waiting to happen.

Children don’t fare much better. More than two children are murdered in South Africa every day, according to the 2011/12 crime statistics. Our rate of child homicide is more than double the global average, according to the World Health Organisation. Over a third of these murders took place in the child’s home and more than a third of children were killed by someone they knew. There was also a high rate of sexual assault in these cases.

In fact, over 50 children are raped daily in our country, according to crime statistics from 2013/14. And these are just the reported cases.

These statistics should scare you. They should leave you feeling disturbed. They should spur you on to action, either to leave a dangerous situation or help those who find themselves in one.

Hiding behind your curtains is no longer an option. Preventing these atrocities is everyone’s concern

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