[LISTEN] Callers relay their chilling sexual assault experiences

The Gauteng Department of Education says it has received confirmation from officials that the number of sexually assaulted learners at an Orlando East school has increased to 83.

It’s understood a 57-year-old school patroller targeted girls from grades R to grade 7. He was arrested on Monday after parents opened a case with the police.

American film producer and former film studio director, Harvey Weinstein has also come under fire after several women have come forward accusing him sexual harassment.

In light of these gruesome stories, 702's Afternoon Drive host, Bongani Bingwa asks what is it that makes young men believe such behaviour is okay? Why does society create environments where sexual predators can hide and thrive?

Listeners then called in sharing their traumatic experiences of sexual assault and harassment.

I matriculated from a school in the East Rand in 1990. I was the victim of a sexual predator who was the head of the mathematics department. I was in his class from standard seven to standard nine. He made me sit in front of the class and if I didn't have blazer on, he would walk past me and pull down the zip down of my dress.

It got so bad that I had to wear pants to school because he was the kind of pig that would want to see what's underneath my dress. The sad part is his wife worked at the same school, she knew, the headmaster knew and no one did anything to stop him.

Carlien, caller

Also read: I am taking full responsibility, this happened under my watch - Lesufi

I was a victim as a teenager and I didn't have a voice. No one believed me and I ended up being a victim of bullying at school. It took me many years of therapy to try and deal with this, it once happened in the workplace as well. If you don't have the confidence to stand up for yourself and realise you are not at fault, it could eat away at you for the rest of your life.

My daughter is now five and she told me another child in her class put their hand in her pants. The most important thing is to have an open communication line with your child and always believe them, stand up for them and be their voice.

Bianca, caller

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