A sick­en­ing crime

YOU (South Africa) - - SAY -

The grotesque rape of a six year old in a restau­rant in Pre­to­ria should prompt se­ri­ous soul-search­ing as this es­ca­lat­ing me­nace is per­va­sive in South Africa (YOU, 11 Oc­to­ber).

Vi­o­lent rape in our be­lea­guered coun­try can’t con­tinue without dras­tic con­se­quences for the per­pe­tra­tors. Rape oc­curs ev­ery 26 sec­onds in our land, shroud­ing us in shame.

The lat­est in­ci­dent has left the coun­try hor­ror-struck. This heinous crime de­picts hair-rais­ing, beastly and un­par­al­leled be­hav­iour.

The per­verted per­pe­tra­tor must be re­moved from so­ci­ety. He de­picts ex­treme men­tal per­ver­sion not wor­thy of hu­man con­do­na­tion.

Our crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem needs to re­store so­ci­ety’s faith by adopt­ing a ze­ro­tol­er­ance pol­icy. FAROUK ARAIE, BENONI I al­ways imag­ined my first year at univer­sity would be as mag­i­cal as the movies de­pict. I’d make friends, have fun and be out­go­ing while never for­get­ting the real rea­son I’m here: to study.

We never re­ally hear of the darker side of it. This year I know of at least five rapes and three cases of do­mes­tic abuse.

We women are told not to walk alone at night, not to wear re­veal­ing clothes and not to be open about our sex­u­al­ity and fem­i­nin­ity.

What you should be telling men is not to rape and treat women like their prop­erty or else there’s no way for­ward for us. DIS­IL­LU­SIONED, EMAIL Park­town Boys coach Col­lan Rex has given his vic­tims a life sen­tence (YOU, 4 Oc­to­ber). Such is the trauma of sex­ual as­sault. Hope­fully his vic­tims will have ac­cess to coun­selling. DIS­GUSTED, PRE­TO­RIA

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