[LISTEN] 'We regard children as being morally innocent' #DrosRape
The rape of a six-year-old girl in the toilet of the Dros restaurant in Pretoria has produced widespread shock waves across South Africa.
The case against 21-year-old Nicholas Noniw has been postponed to allow for further investigation.
Azania Mosaka spoke to Researcher at UNISA's Institute for Social and Health Sciences Rebecca Helman about her article titled: Why the #DrosRape shouldn't shock us.
In the article, Helman states that 'responses to the rape of the six-year-old demonstrate that most South Africans regard child rape as a distinct category of violation; the most abhorrent act that someone can commit'.
The fact that there is a child at the centre of this has alarmed everyone because we regard children as being morally innocent.Rebecca Helman, Researcher at UNISA's Institute for Social and Health Sciences
In a lot of rape cases, there will be contestation around whether women invited the rape by dressing provocatively and that kind of thing, but in the case of children and elderly people being raped, that argument completely falls to pieces.Rebecca Helman, Researcher at UNISA's Institute for Social and Health Sciences
Because how can a child arouse this man to rape her.Rebecca Helman, Researcher at UNISA's Institute for Social and Health Sciences
Helman says that as citizens we should be outraged at all rape cases.
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