• 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.




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


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How to Cite

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