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Is rape on the increase in South Africa?

Seemingly so over the long term, although the statistics aren’t as clear as they might be because of the many problems that attend the reporting of rape.

During the 1980’s, an average of 16 000 rapes were reported every year. By 2006, the official figure for rape was over 55 000 reported cases. During the 2006 – 2007 period, statistics show a decline of five percent in rapes. This number may, however, mean that fewer cases are being reported as people lose confidence in the abilities of the police to bring a rapist to book.

In some cases rape victims have been turned away by police when they’ve tried to report the rape. Based on a premise put forward by the National Institute of Crime Rehabilitation, only one in twenty rapes is reported. They claim that the actual number of rapes committed is closer to 490 000 rapes a year, and that 13 000 women can be expected to be raped in South Africa every day.


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