Rape: education starts with you

Worldwide women have been submitted to sexual abuse, even more so in South Africa if statistics are reliable. How long are we going to ignore the problem? Women are belittled, abused and subjected to harassment in the work place. 

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NEWS

January 28 th, 2015

Despite campaigns and legislation, sexual assault cases seem to increase annually. We live in fear in our communities and in our houses. We are captives and we all carry the same burden. Those who think it cannot happen to them should think again. How do we ‘stay on the safe side’?

Underlying causes

Pornography is listed as one of the main underlying causes of rape. Statistics reveal that the average age of first internet exposure to porn is 11 years old while 90% of eight- to 16-year-olds have watched porn online and 80% of 15- to 17-year-olds have had multiple exposures to hardcore porn. Children see something and look for ways to enact what they saw, unaware of the devastating consequences of their actions.

There are a few innovative preventative measures against rape, but these are symptomatic treatments.

Anti-rape condoms

A South African physician invented a new female condom called rape axe. It looks like an ordinary condom with teeth, hence the name ‘Venus fly trap’. The condom is inserted in the vagina like a tampon and attaches to the penis once its being penetrated. Once the penis is inside the vagina,the teeth hooks the penis and causes enough pain to leave the rapist unable to walk, move or urinate. The more he tries to remove his penis, the more painful is gets. 

Education

When it comes to rape prevention, we often think that education consists of educating our daughters on what not to wear, what not to drink or to avoid going out alone. Fact is, most of the women who have been sexually assaulted were not wearing a mini skirt nor were they under the influence of alcohol! The best curt and most effective way to eradicate rape is through educating young men on how to behave and how to treat women. This involves education in the parental home, in schools and in the community.

Treating the symptoms of rape is fruitless. We need to focus on the root. Punishment is not a solution because it addresses the symptoms. Education is an effective tool because it addresses the root of the problem: boys must be taught how to treat their mothers, sisters and aunties with respect. We are worthy of respect. The problem is not ‘out there’ but starts in every household where the principle of respect is not upheld and lived.

Rape: education starts with you

Worldwide women have been submitted to sexual abuse, even more so in South Africa if statistics are reliable. How long are we going to ignore the problem? Women are belittled, abused and subjected to harassment in the work place. Despite campaigns and legislation, sexual assault cases seem to increase annually. We live in fear in our communities and in our houses. We are captives and we all carry the same burden. Those who think it cannot happen to them should think again. How do we ‘stay on the safe side’?

Underlying causes

Pornography is listed as one of the main underlying causes of rape. Statistics reveal that the average age of first internet exposure to porn is 11 years old while 90% of eight- to 16-year-olds have watched porn online and 80% of 15- to 17-year-olds have had multiple exposures to hardcore porn. Children see something and look for ways to enact what they saw, unaware of the devastating consequences of their actions.

There are a few innovative preventative measures against rape, but these are symptomatic treatments.

Anti-rape condoms

A South African physician invented a new female condom called rape axe. It looks like an ordinary condom with teeth, hence the name ‘Venus fly trap’. The condom is inserted in the vagina like a tampon and attaches to the penis once its being penetrated. Once the penis is inside the vagina,the teeth hooks the penis and causes enough pain to leave the rapist unable to walk, move or urinate. The more he tries to remove his penis, the more painful is gets. 

Education

When it comes to rape prevention, we often think that education consists of educating our daughters on what not to wear, what not to drink or to avoid going out alone. Fact is, most of the women who have been sexually assaulted were not wearing a mini skirt nor were they under the influence of alcohol! The best curt and most effective way to eradicate rape is through educating young men on how to behave and how to treat women. This involves education in the parental home, in schools and in the community.

Treating the symptoms of rape is fruitless. We need to focus on the root. Punishment is not a solution because it addresses the symptoms. Education is an effective tool because it addresses the root of the problem: boys must be taught how to treat their mothers, sisters and aunties with respect. We are worthy of respect. The problem is not ‘out there’ but starts in every household where the principle of respect is not upheld and lived.


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