Rape culture blames victims, normalises violence – experts

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Cape Town —

Every day, news headlines feature stories about incidents of rape and sexual assault in communities across the country. Although rape is incredibly prevalent, many offences go unreported.



The country’s “rape culture” that blames victims and supports male sexual dominance is contributing to the problem, according to experts from Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust and the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit at the University of Cape Town.

To shed light on the culture and attitudes that perpetuate sexual violence, Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has an ongoing campaign to #ExposeRapeCulture. For more information about rape culture and the organization’s awareness campaign, visit the Rape Crisis site.


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How you can help #ExposeRapeCulture

To shed light on the culture and attitudes that perpetuate sexual violence, Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has an ongoing campaign to #ExposeRapeCulture.  On Mandela Day, Rape Crisis is calling for all South Africans to change the conversation about rape and sexual violence.  They want people to share messages on social media that support survivors and rejects sexual violence in their communities.   For more information or to get involved in #ExposeRapeCulture, visit here

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Linda Givetash

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Linda Givetash is a Canadian-South African freelance journalist based in Vancouver, B.C. Her work has appeared in print, digital and broadcast media outlets around the globe.