What. The. Fuck.

I don’t think many people would be surprised to read a news article dealing with sexual abuse in South Africa. Or AIDS. Etc, etc, etc. For better or worse, it’s kind of the usual reference for “horrible situation dealing with sex.” But a survey finding one in four South African men have raped someone?

I have no words.

Now, keep in mind life expectancy is pretty low, so I’m disinclined from the get-go to chalk it off as an “old pracitce on its way out.”

One in 20 men surveyed said they had raped a woman or girl in the last year.

Professor Rachel Jewkes of the MRC, who carried out the research, told the BBC’s World Today programme: “The absolute imperative is we have to change the underlying social attitudes that in a way have created a norm that coercing women into sex is on some level acceptable.

Oh man, I can’t wait for somebody to start cracking totally hilarious jokes about this horrible situation. I bet they will be awesome. Can’t wait for it to become obvious what rape really is, and stop the sadly still-widespread practice of acting like it really isn’t that big of a deal, come on. Way to ruin everything, liberal PC-Police! We also make fun of dudes getting raped, so it’s all fair!

Hopefully that 25% male population happens to be observant catholic. That way they’ll be fighting the real problem about AIDS by praying while raping without a condom, so they are safe from catching anything (because you know, the victims don’t count as people, so no need to worry about their emotional and physical damage).

I’m not sure I want to see a complementary survey on how many South African women have been raped.

Hot damn.


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