Daily, we are confronted by horrific stories of the rape of women and children. The shocking news sends the country into a frenzy every time another attack is reported.In many cases, the rapists are known to the survivors, but are not prosecuted because they are the family’s breadwinners. We read stories where such cases are referred to as “family matters” because sending the perpetrator to prison will deny women and children their next meal.The gang-rape of a 27-year-old woman in Qumbu village in Lady Frere, Eastern Cape, again brought to the fore the scourge of the violation of women and children.The survivor’s friend witnessed the rape and reported the matter to the mother of the young woman who was being violated.The mother got a knife and found the men allegedly raping her daughter. She used the knife to protect her daughter, allegedly killing one of the men and injuring the other two. The 56-year-old woman was arrested and released on R500 bail after locals came out in their numbers to support her.The survivor’s friend, who reported the rape, is now being rejected by her own family. The man who died was her cousin. She tried to commit suicide, but survived.In contrast, local residents provided support for the three women – the mother, her daughter and the survivor’s friend.City Press does not condone the use of violence to deal with crime. The mother’s actions are a wake-up call for the nation to stand together to deal with the plague of rape.It should be stopped at all costs, and it starts with all of us. Families should stand up against abusers and encourage people to report these crimes. Until the monsters are in jail, we will continue to read about these horrific rapes.