SOUTH AFRICA’S SHAME
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