It was a sombre start to the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children in Khayamandi after two men were arrested for raping children in two separate incidents.
According to Captain Nathalie Martin, Stellenbosch police spokesperson, the first incident took place on Sunday 25 November when a 14-year- old girl was allegedly raped by her 29 year old neighbour.
Captain Nathalie Martin has the following to say about rape:
* Rape is intentional, unlawful sexual intercourse with a woman or girl child without her consent.
* This includes rape within marriage (marital rape) and the rape of a woman by a man she is going out with (date rape).
* Rape therefore means sex without consent.
* Rape is about violence and not about sex.
“No violence against women and children is not just a concern for police through the 16 days of activism, but right through the year. Communities should not allow perpetrators to get away with any type of violence against women and children and should speak out,” according to Martin.
Stellenbosch Police have a Victim Support Room located at the station where trained volunteers can assist victims of any type of crime.
The police urges the community to make use of this service that is free to all.
“You’re not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth and raging courage.”
The girl informed her aunt of the rape around 05:00 in the morning in Nkanini. She was half naked when she told her aunt she had been raped by her neighbour.
“They then went to the suspects house, but when they arrived the suspect was sleeping and he could not wake up because he was drunk. They then reported the incident at the Khayamandi Police,” according to Martin.
In the second incident which took place between 25 and 27 November, a 10-year-old girl was given new shoes and R50 “to keep her mouth shut” after she was raped by a 43-year-old man.
“The complainant’s daughter told her that she slept with a 43-year-old male known to the mother and that he gave her R50 to keep her mouth shut. The complainant and her husband confronted the suspect and told him what their daughter said. The suspect was then arrested.”
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