FEMINISTS SOUTH AFRICA

By Liza van Soelen

Sitting in South Korea I reached for my phone to check the South African news and, with the rest of the country, I was stunned and sickened by the violent and brutal gang rape of Anene Booysen. But this is not the first time the media has been stunned by the extent of violence done against the women in South Africa. What about the mentally disabled girl who was gang raped and whose rapists filmed the attack? Or the girl who was raped and had her eye gouged out? What about the nameless and unreported women who are attacked every day in South Africa? We are stunned again by the news of Reeva Steenkamp.

Their stories pile up in a stack of brutality that leaves us tired not simply by the act itself but by the seemingly apathetic society who fails to respond, as Jen Thorpe…

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