n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The impact of stranger rape on the significant other

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



According to the Crime Information Management Center (CIMC) of the South African Police Service (SAPS) 42 429 women were raped during 1994 and 50 481 during 1996. An escalating tendency of 19 percent in rapes in South Africa can therefore be detected. A study by Nedcor (Oppler 1998:2) indicates that South Africa boasts the highest incidence of rape world-wide. However, there are so-called dark figures in official South African statistics concerning unreported cases, as well as with regard to reported rape cases. Aspects pertaining to whether the rapist was a stranger or an acquaintance are not documented as such and this can lead to shortcomings in the data.

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