“SA Government crime statistics confirm that more than 50 000 rapes are reported in SA every year. These numbers are unacceptable,” writes the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) South Africa.
Most rape survivors are unable report the crime because of stigma and fear. Many survivors are turned away at hospitals. Without post-exposure prophylaxis, they are at risk of HIV infection.
“This is due to victim-blaming. Rape limits human potential. It silences people, makes them less than human, keeps them afraid and isolated. If they do report, only 6% are successfully prosecuted.”
“Our silence will affirm our solidarity with survivors silenced by sexual violence and rape culture. Rape is a gross human rights violation.”