Thursday, June 03, 2010

500 child rapes a day. What is wrong with this bloody country?

It’s about a sense of entitlement held by South African men. In this world of violent depravity, we are somehow unique, tragically. We’re seeing horrific injuries and doctors are becoming adept at dealing with such horrors and that is a damning indictment of the situation.Activists like Bower claim the government is effectively complicit in these crimes. “We have a great deal of misogyny in government..."

SHOOT: Yes and I suppose our sitting president sets a stirling example.

Child rape in South Africa has reached epidemic proportions — but can poverty and apartheid really take the blame for this level of violent crime? In an uncompromising report, we meet the young victims and visits the clinics that are helping them to heal.

The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children. Johannesburg.

Then there’s four-year-old Josteen, who was brought to the hospital by her biological mother with massive internal injuries. She had been raped repeatedly. Her mother had been drunk and left her in a seedy hotel with two male acquaintances; she came back home later to find the child screaming and bleeding. Tomas, eight, was gang-raped in a Pretoria taxi after being picked up on his way home from school. His internal injuries were so bad he was unable to walk for two years. He is catatonic and has been unable to talk to counsellors about his ordeal.
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