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South Africa's rape crisis

Video by Hayde FITZPATRICK , Caroline DUMAY

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-04-23

The scourge of rape may not match corruption and poverty in the agenda of South Africa's upcoming election, but it is nonetheless cause for major concern. Every year, close to one million women are raped across the country.

Close to one million women are raped every year in South Africa, one of the countries worst-hit by the AIDS virus. Any woman, rich or poor, can fall victim to this gruesome crime. Only one in 35 cases is reported, while the others suffer in silence.

 

Janine, a young South African woman, was raped on a beach in broad day light six months ago. When Janine realized that she was going to be raped she “asked the guy to use a condom so he did," she told FRANCE 24.

 

Janine says she didn’t want to take the risk of being infected in case she survived the attack. “HIV is so big in South Africa, and I told myself that if I survived this attack I didn't want to be HIV positive.”

 

Rape and trauma support centres have been set up across the country to help women like Janine.

 

She is one of the 23 million who will be voting in this week’s election. “I hope the new government will do more to stem the tide of violent crime gripping the country,” says Janine. 

 

Date created : 2009-04-21

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