We have published these gruesome crimes and statistics before and will continue doing so as long as there are people telling us there is only some crime here and there in South Africa.
Sexual violence against children, including the raping of infants, has increased 400% over the past decade
According to a report by BBC news, a female born in the new South Africa has a greater chance of being raped in her lifetime than learning how to read.
In 1994, there were already 18,801 cases of rape per year, but by 2001 there were 24,892. Numbers vary by different institutions but are nevertheless extremely troubling. The Institute of Race Relations found that more than 52,000 rapes were reported in 2000, and 40% of the victims were under age 18.
The University of South Africa reports that 1 million women and children are raped each year.
This has now become so bad that the South African Police have placed a moratorium on the release of statistics. They have now adopted the "let's keep very quiet and pretend this never happens" approach.
Well, we will continue publishing the facts , as these crimes are now mainly ignored by the main stream media, politicians, Human Rights Watch and the most powerful and influential charity in South Africa, the Multimillion dollar Nelson Mandela Children’s fund. See their financial report here.
Here is but one of the rapes that occur every 26 seconds in this utopia of democracy, human rights and equality for all rainbow nation.
** How can someone do this? **
A 12-year-old HIV-positive girl from Gugulethu is in hospital after she was raped and stabbed in her bed, allegedly by her uncle who was looking after her while her grandmother was working the night shift. A relative, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, said the grandmother had cared for the girl since the death of the child's mother. The girl had been taking anti-retroviral drugs since the age of five.
"Her grandmother was working night shift and it was not the first time the child had been left in the house with her uncle," the relative said. The girl had apparently asked her grandmother to wake her at 6am because she had an examination to write and did not want to be late.
When her grandmother telephoned at 6am she could not get through, so she called another relative.
"When we went to the house, we could not get in because the locks had been changed. When we finally got in we found the door to (the child's) room locked from the inside," that relative said. Her uncle has not been seen since.
"I think she was scared and locked the door because she thought her uncle might come back," she said. She jiggled the key out of the lock and got it from under the door. When she entered, she found the child lying on her bed covered in blood. Her pyjama top was tied around her neck and she had been stabbed. "I saw two wounds in her back. I don't know how many times she was stabbed," she said.
"How could a human do that to an innocent child?"
Police spokesperson Captain Elliot Sinyangana confirmed the incident and said a rape case was being investigated by the Nyanga police. "The child was also assaulted in the incident," Sinyangana said." The suspect is still at large and we are following every possible lead."
He said the child was rushed to hospital where she was reported to be in a serious but stable condition.
Baby rapes shock South Africa
South Africans are left revolted and bewildered. Two men are due to appear at a court in Johannesburg on Tuesday, accused of raping a five-month-old girl who was discovered covered in blood and in tears.
Every day the newspapers bring awful revelations: a nine-month-old girl gang-raped by six men; an eight-month-old raped and left by the roadside.
Rape statistics from South Africa are so shocking as to be almost unbelievable - women's rights activists say one South African is raped every 26 seconds. A widespread rumour - that having sex with a virgin cures Aids. Traditional healers, or witchdoctors, are blamed for spreading this idea, and encouraging child rape. Source
Shocking Rape Statistics
South Africa has been called the rape capital of the world. "It is almost impossible for us to imagine the frequency in which these horrific crimes happen, not only to women, but also especially to the children," Oprah says.
- In South Africa, more than 1 million women and children are raped every year. (The London Times, October 14, 2004)·
- Each and every day in South Africa, at least 50 children are victims of rape. (South African Press Association, June 2005)·
- More than 90 percent of rape victims know their attackers. (South African Press Association, June 2005)·
- A young girl born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than of learning how to read. (BBC News, April 2002)·
- In South Africa, one in four girls faces the prospect of being raped before her 16th birthday, according to the child support group, Childline South Africa. Source
Over 15 percent of all reported rapes are against children under 11, and another 26 percent against children 12-17. For the year 2000, some 58 children were raped or the victims of rape attempts in South Africa every single day. The trend is worsening. Babies as young as only a few months old are being raped almost daily.Many black South African men infected with AIDS erroneously believe that by having sex with a virgin -- even a baby -- they will be cured of AIDS or their HIV infection.
South African police statistics show that last year alone, 21,538 rapes and attempted rapes of children under the age of 18 were reported. Source
21,000 child rapes, and some 37,000 adult rapes, were reported in South Africa last year. According to the South African Police Service, only one in 35 are actually reported.
The actual incidence of rape could well be in excess of a million per year.It can only be speculated and extrapolated then that the actual incidence of child/infant rape has reached alarming and phenomenal proportions that should signal urgent intervention from the highest levels of government, and society-at-large. Source
Results of a national survey in South Africa of more than 11,000 women aged under 50 years--detailed in a research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET--suggest that child rape is becoming more common, with a third of rape of girls perpetrated by school teachers. Source
One-third of child rape in South Africa committed by school teachers. Source
The number of child rapes in South Africa is so embarrassing that the government has placed a moratorium on government crime statistics, stating that they needed reassessment. Source
"South Africa has in recent years had one of the highest per capita rates of rape and sexual assault in the world," according to the New York Times. Source
Horrified police officers on Monday said that what was happening was a national crisis which needed to be dealt with immediately. Source
A study by Interpol, the international police agency, has revealed that South Africa leads the world in rapes. A woman was raped in South Africa every 17 seconds. This did not include the number of child rape victims. It was estimated that one in every two women would be raped. Source
Of every 25 men accused of raping a child or adult woman, 24 walk free - and one in every eight rape suspects is under the age of 17.
These are just some of the disturbing statistics that have emerged from South Africa's largest ever rape study, which has exposed how local police and justice authorities are failing rape survivors. Only 4,1 percent of reported rape cases resulted in a conviction. Source