South African’s no longer reacts to rape statistics.
Rape coverage in South Africa is a controversial and sensitive topic, due to reporting’s of cases and careless handling of cases. Rape Statistics aren’t accounted for. Cases of Rape reported to SAPS aren’t an accurate indication of Rape statistics in South Africa.
From left to right; Laura Chitima, Refilwe Motlhabane and Alisha Mahmood at Monash South Africa campus for the #Breakthesilence March held on the 22nd of September 2016.
Photo credit: Lilita Tyibilika
Many victims of Rape are afraid to come forward, because of the stigma attached with being a victim. Another issue with reporting rape is the way police officials handle cases. Multiple officials lack training and compassion, which often leads to humiliation of a victim. Rape victims often feel as if they’re being raped all over again. This has a huge impact on rapes reported and the accurate rape statistics.
Rape statistics no longer bring reactions out of South Africans, because they’ve normalized rape as an everyday thing.