Tag Archives: Sexual Violence

Outrage grows over gang rape, slaying of teen girl in South Africa

A dog would have been treated better than Anene Booyson, her neighbors said.

The 17-year-old South African girl was gang raped then mutilated to death in Bredasdorp, a tiny, rural town about two hours southeast of Cape Town, authorities said.

It’s the kind of story that happens too often in South Africa, where a provincial official said violence against females is “systemic.” Some 71% of women report having been victims of sexual abuse, the government notes.


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He Raped as a Teenager and Now Works to Stop Sexual Violence

This story is amazing and I hope more people step up and understand what a HUGE issue this is in our society.

Johannesburg (CNN) – Dumisani Rebombo is no ordinary advocate for women’s rights in South Africa. He is a rapist.

He is a rapist who sought out his victim two decades after his brutal act to ask for forgiveness.

He is all this in a nation where sexual assault has become so common that a woman in South Africa is more likely to be raped than learn to read.

Sexual assaults rarely shock anyone anymore, though a video of abrutal gang rape of a mentally disabled teenager went viral on the Internet last month. That touched a nerve.

As the young suspects face their day in court, Rebombo spoke with CNN to tell his own story — an extraordinary tale of violence, redemption and determination to change things in his homeland.


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