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.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.