Below are the statistics on violence against children and women.
l One in two women have a chance of being raped in their lifetime;
l A woman is raped every 26 seconds in South Africa;
l More than 40percent of perpetrators are known to the rape survivor;
l Less than 2percent of reported rapes are false;
l Most rapes occur within the rapists' community;
l One in four women are in an abusive relationship;
l A woman is killed every six days by her intimate male partner;
l Women are more likely to be attacked by someone they know than by a total stranger.
l A child is abused every 8 minutes in South Africa;
l A child is raped every 24 minutes in South Africa;
l A child is assaulted every 14 minutes;
l More than 80percent of perpetrators are known to the child in South Africa;
l One in four girls and one in five boys under 16 years have been sexually abused;
l Half of 26000 Joburg high school students interviewed believe that forced sex is not sexual violence;
l In one SA township - all girls under 16 had had sexual intercourse. A quarter said their first experience was rape or forced sex;
l The rape graph rises sharply from 3 to 25 year old girls and peaks at girls aged 8 to 11 years.
l A Joburg survey revealed that one in four men had raped a woman;
l Eighty-five percent of rapists were armed (usually with a knife);
l Eighty-five percent of rapes are gang rapes. A woman is more likely to be raped by 3 to 30 men than a single rapist;
l For every 400 rapes reported last year, 17 became official cases, one perpetrator was convicted and for every perpetrator convicted, one case docket was lost or sold.
l In 1998 just under 7percent of reported rapes were prosecuted.
HIV-AIDS AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN:
l Forty percent of young men aged 20-29 (most common age of rapists) are infected with HIV-Aids;
l The incidence of HIV is highest in girls aged 15 to 25 years;
l There are 1700 new cases of HIV infection daily;
l Last year 20percent of girls aged 13 to 19 were infected with HIV (six times more than boys);
l (Powa can be reached on 011-642-4345/6).