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14 August 2013

Wanted: a cure for the plague of child rape

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The rape of a child is an abomination so horrific that it seems an impossible task to attempt to explain it. But if we are to defeat it, it’s essential to understand something about our enemy.

It was a Tuesday morning when I first heard of two incidents of child rape in Ceres in the Western Cape. The radio phone lines lit up with members of the general public expressing their anger and disgust that we live in a country where a four-month-old baby girl and a seven-year-old boy could be raped, simultaneously. The usual refrain for a return of the death penalty accompanied this outcry and, in all honesty, I secretly agreed.

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)