Rape, Sexual Molestation On The Rise In South Africa – Crime Statistics

By Alison Tilley

The latest crime statistics show a slight – very slight – increase in reported sexual offences. What do we need to see in order to begin addressing gender-based violence in South Africa?

On Tuesday, the South African Police Service briefed the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police on crime statistics and showed a 0.9% increase in the reporting of sexual offences.

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The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust recorded the patterns of reporting at three local Thuthuzela Care Centres that it recorded in Cape Town where it offers 24-hour support to rape survivors coming to public health facilities for health services and to be examined by a district surgeon in the immediate aftermath of rape.

In 2014 there were 2,628 cases.

In 2015 there were 3,153 cases, a 20% increase.

 In 2016 there were 3,210 cases, a 2% increase.

In 2017 there were 3,425 cases, a 6% increase.

This represents a significantly higher increase in reporting patterns than that presented by the police.

Source: allafrica.com

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