n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - From the editor




Extracted from text ... THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN JOURNAL OF HIV MEDICINE MARCH 2004 5 sexual violence - the neglected epidemic South Africa is thought to have one of the highest incidences of sexual assault in the worldAbout 50 000 rapes were reported in 2001 alone, although it is thought that this is just a small percentage of the total numberOne of the main reasons that rape is so prevalent in South Africa is that the justice system is so ineffective in dealing with itMost rapists walk freeOf 50 000 reported cases in 2001 only about 5 000 resulted in convictionsSimilar statistics were reported ..


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