n South African Medical Journal - Reported rapes at a hospital rape centre : demographic and clinical profiles : scientific letters

Volume 100, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Figures for the period 2008/2009 indicate a 10% rise in the number of reported sexual offences compared with figures for 2007/2008. The increase may be partly attributable to the recent version of the act regulating sexual offences : the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, Act 32 of 2007 (Act). In this Act, the definition of rape has been broadened to include the non-consensual vaginal, oral or anal penetration of any person, regardless of gender, with any object. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world and the most violent types of rape in the world, with gang rape and severe physical injury to rape victims commonly occurring.

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