SOUTH AFRICA’S SHAME

DRUM - - Ed'S Note -

The grotesque rape of a young girl in Pre­to­ria has prompted se­ri­ous soulsearch­ing in South Africa.

Rape like this can’t con­tinue with­out dras­tic con­se­quences for per­pe­tra­tors. Rape oc­curs ev­ery 26 sec­onds in our coun­try, shroud­ing us in shame. The lat­est in­ci­dent has left the coun­try hor­ror-struck.

The an­i­mal who has com­mit­ted this crime must be re­moved from so­ci­ety. Our courts and the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem need to re­store our faith in so­ci­ety by adopt­ing a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy to­ward this type of heinous crime. FAROUK ARAIE, BENONI

I’m no­body im­por­tant but I’ve been through things no one should ever have to go through. And so many oth­ers have gone through the same hor­ri­ble things. But I want to be a voice for all of us.

I’m go­ing to tell you what it feels like to be raped. It isn’t just about rape. It’s about ev­ery­thing that falls un­der “sex­ual as­sault”, all the things that are just brushed un­der the rug.

It doesn’t mat­ter that my bra strap was show­ing through my shirt, or that my ini­tial friend­li­ness to­wards you was noth­ing more than that.

It doesn’t mat­ter that I was okay with you kiss­ing me, so you felt en­ti­tled to force­fully grope me too. It doesn’t even mat­ter if I’m in a re­la­tion­ship with you, be­cause no will al­ways mean no. To be raped is to be bro­ken, in more ways than I can count. AN­GELINA TSHEPISO, EMAIL

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