DO UNTO OTHERS – AND PAY THE PRICE: Combating sexual violence in the south of Johannesburg

  • Neil Andersson CIETafrica
  • Sharmila Mhatre CIETafrica
Keywords: crime, sexual abuse, violence, Johannesburg, South Africa, sexual violence, youth, rape


By the time they turn 18 years of age, 20% of teenage girls and 13% of teenage boys living in the southern parts of Johannesburg have experienced sexual abuse. Constant exposure to sexual violence has forced them to choose between humiliation and survival. Faced with a no-win situation, a study by CIETafrica has shown that the youth have developed attitudes that allow them to see themselves as survivors. However, this has come at a cost – in this case, the development of a culture of sexual violence. More effective police and legal action in registering rape cases and in prosecuting and convicting perpetrators could contribute to reversing this culture.

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