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Violence Against Women
South Africa has one of the highest reported incident of rape in the world. While men are also subjected to sexual violence and 3.5% of men have been forced to have sex with other men, the majority of sexual violence is against women.
The South African government reports that one of these reasons is the culture of patriarchy in South Africa. Its report states that patriarchy is firmly rooted in the country and fighting it is seen as attempting to destroy South African tradition or South African ideals.
The danger from rape and sexual assault is compounded because of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South African townships. A woman being raped over the age of 25 has a one in four chance that her attacker is HIV positive and more women than men are affected from HIV/AIDS.
The perpetrators of rape in South Africa tend to be men known to the victim. It is reported that a husband or boyfriend kills a woman every six hours in South Africa. Many men and women say that rape cannot occur in relationships; however, one in four women reported having been abused by an intimate partner.
Source Wikipedia 2016
Globally, approximately 1 in 3 women will experience violence during her lifetime, often at the hands of an intimate partner. The cost of this violence on women, on communities and on the development of nations—especially those recovering from conflict—is too high to accept.
In West Africa, 6 out of every 10 women who come to the International Rescue Committee seeking assistance after experiencing violence are reporting violence at the hands of a partner or spouse.