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[LISTEN] 'We regard children as being morally innocent' #DrosRape

2 October 2018 4:05 PM
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nicholas noniw
Researcher at UNISA Institute for Social & Health Sciences Rebecca Helman talks about her article Dros Rape shouldn't shock us.

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

READ: A call for Dros rapist to be charged with attempted murder

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

ALSO READ: Do we want to know anything about the accused Dros rapist's life asks Eusebius?

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.

Listen to what callers had to say...


2 October 2018 4:05 PM
Tags:
Child abuse
Rape
Assault
Sexual assault
dros rape
nicholas noniw

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