WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES OF REPORTING RAPE TO THE POLICE: A QUALITATIVE STUDY

  • Nina du Plessis Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Ashraf Kagee Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Anastasia Maw Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

Abstract

South Africa has the highest incidence of rape in the world among the countries that reportreliable crime statistics (Snyman, 2005). Between April 2006 and March 2007, 52 617 rapeswere reported to the police in South Africa (“Information management, South African PoliceServices”, n.d.). A national crime survey conducted by Statistics South Africa (SSA) found thatone out of two rape survivors reported the matter to the police (SSA, 2000), while a threeprovincesurvey by the Medical Research Council on violence against women found that onlyone in nine victims reported their rape experience (Jewkes, Penn-Kekana, Levin, Ratsaka &Schrieber, 2001).

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2014-06-18
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du Plessis, N., Kagee, A., & Maw, A. (2014). WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES OF REPORTING RAPE TO THE POLICE: A QUALITATIVE STUDY. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 45(3). https://doi.org/10.15270/45-3-204
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