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My rape as “alleged”

Here are some lovely examples of victimisation and rape culture online. I haven’t written about this much lately, but I thought I’d share the latest developments without going into it in-depth today.

Who “let’s rape happen” in South Africa? [TRIGGER WARNING]

Following the Vavi rape accusation South Africans have questioned the validity of claims of rape where the victim or survivor has not opened a case with the police. This, despite the fact that it is well-documented that rape is vastly under-reported. When confronted with this evidence, many South Africans respond that it is the duty of the rape survivor to report to the police, to take the matter to court and, once there, find justice.

PHOTOS: Silent Protest, by Adrian Frost

Some incredible photos of me while at the Silent Protest. All these pics were taken by the extraordinarily talented Adrian Frost. Read his post on the SP and see more of his pics here.

The rights of rape survivors: access to free PEP

The 2007 Sexual Offences Act (SOA) requires that certain services be made available to rape survivors. Among these services, survivors of oral, anal and vaginal rape are entitled to receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), a 28-day course of antiretrovirals for the prevention of HIV infection. This must be provided to survivors – at state expense – when they… Read More ›

Silence is broken

I am an anti-rape activist. I was part of the first 1in9 protest at Rhodes University in 2007; a protest held annually at the university, its name originating from the statistic: “One in nine rape survivors report their rape”. The eight rape silent survivors don’t report their rape for fear of social stigma and an… Read More ›