'Some sex offenders used rape as a form of recreation'

As South Africa observes 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence from of 25 November until 10 December, the country, however, continues to reel under the femicide crisis.

According to The World Health Organisation, South Africa ranks fourth on the list of the highest female interpersonal violence death rates.

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Researcher Dr Benita Moolman interviewed 72 convicted sexual offenders as part of her Ph.D. in trying to understand and help curb the scourge of gender-based violence.

She talks to Bongani Bingwa about her findings.

Moolman says some of those she interviewed used rape as a form of recreation.

The younger men I interviewed spoke about how they would go out on Friday nights and rape people. They were like, oh what are we going to do tonight, let us go out for drinks and then go out and rape.

Dr Benita Moolman, Senior researcher - Human Sciences Research Council

Some of the young men spoke about rape in a very casual manner on how they would commit a crime and sexual violence, she explains.

We don't expect rape to be that casual because it should not be casual. The consequences and experiences of survivors is traumatic and life long. So for sex offenders to speak about it in a casual manner is concerning.

Dr Benita Moolman, Senior researcher - Human Sciences Research Council

She explains how her research focused on the discourse of masculinity or patriarchy which she argues enables sex offenders to speak about sexual assault in this casual manner.

Her previous research was on gang rape and how gangs used rape as a right of passage.

Rights of passage were used as a vehicle within gangs in some ways to secure masculinity.

Dr Benita Moolman, Senior researcher - Human Sciences Research Council

Listen below to the full conversation:


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