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Posted by: Lilly | 2011/03/30

Am i just paranoid or ... ?

From today''s News 24!!! Do i have reason to be paranoid especially now during the school holidays with our kids wanting to roam the streets???

SA children most at risk of rape - study
Johannesburg - South African children aged 12 to 17 are more likely to be raped than people of any other age, in a country where the incidence of rape is among the world''s highest, a minister said Tuesday.
Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said the finding was based on a study of people who sought help from public Thuthuzela rape survivor centres around the country.
" The group of children between the ages of 12 and 17 years are emerging as the most vulnerable group, constituting the majority - about 15 000 - of the people visiting these centres,"  said Xingwana.
More than 34 000 victims visited the centres during the three years reviewed, she said.
Several studies have shown that South Africa has one of the worst rape problems in the world.
Doctors Without Borders found that a woman is violated every 26 seconds, a figure matched only by countries at war.
A 2009 study by the government''s Medical Research Council (MRC) revealed that more than one quarter of South African men admitted to raping a woman or girl, with 9.8% forcing themselves on a victim for the first time before the age of 10.
Most cases go unreported and the perpetrators are often known to the victim.
The MRC study found that only one in 25 rapes were reported to the police and one in five confessed rapists tested positive for HIV.

The acts of sexual violence are associated with criminal activity and domestic violence.

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OK, a good example of really bad "research" and unwise extrapolation from one set of numbers to major national estimates. Apparently the estmates are based on numbers at a specific set of rape centres, which certainly don't see the vast majority of rape victims in this country. Yes, they saw an impressive number of victims, but a small proportion of the total, many of whom don't get seen or counted by anyone. So the situation is probably worse that these estimates, but it's hard to know how much worse. I don't recall hearing of so many rapes of babies and very young children, in any other country.
What one can conclude, reasonably, is that the situation as ragards rape and non-consensual sex is awful and deplorable, and that there's an urgent need for far more clever and careful thinking about what can be usefully done about i, other than just deploring it.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2011/03/30

OK, a good example of really bad "research" and unwise extrapolation from one set of numbers to major national estimates. Apparently the estmates are based on numbers at a specific set of rape centres, which certainly don't see the vast majority of rape victims in this country. Yes, they saw an impressive number of victims, but a small proportion of the total, many of whom don't get seen or counted by anyone. So the situation is probably worse that these estimates, but it's hard to know how much worse. I don't recall hearing of so many rapes of babies and very young children, in any other country.
What one can conclude, reasonably, is that the situation as ragards rape and non-consensual sex is awful and deplorable, and that there's an urgent need for far more clever and careful thinking about what can be usefully done about i, other than just deploring it.

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