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School sexual bullying: Where do we begin?

Education is one of the key Millennium Development Goals and it is critical to the development of South Africa’s democracy. The recent Jules rape case…

Femicidal South Africa

The maximum sentence for femicide is only half the maximum sentence for fraud, yet 1 400 women die every year because they are murdered by their…

16 days of activism: Are we there yet?

Every year Women’s Day, Women’s Month and the 16 Days of Activism roll around and we hear some really great speeches from those in power.…

Statutory rape screws the Jules case over

Hearing that the girl who was allegedly drugged, then gang raped, while being filmed by her peers had now been charged with statutory rape alongside…

The noises next door

Every year 1 400 women are killed by their partners, and maybe we were listening. If your neighbour plays music really loud on a week night,…

Do you have to say NO for it to be rape?

I was talking with some family members a while back about rape and something scary became apparent. Most people think that there is a grey…

Is rape something we can joke about?

I was watching Ricky Gervais’ Fame tour last night and about 30 minutes in he starts joking about rape. In the skit he asks “what…

Raped by ‘consent’

When you define rape as occuring when someone does not consent to sex, instead of when coercive circumstances are involved, you enter a minefield of confusion and definition that is extremely harmful to the rape survivor.