Sexual Violence

Do we really care?

A young girl raped in Bamenda, in the Katanga province, says: "before getting raped, I was betrothed. But the marriage was of course canceled. Now my father has to repay the dowry. The family of the rapist has promised to pay for it, but since then, they
A young girl in Bamenda, in the Katanga province, DRC (Gwenn Dubourthoumieu/IRIN)

In this multimedia package we explore the apathy of a “wounded society” in a rural South African town; in War on Women, a 15-minute film, we see how impunity shields perpetrators of sexual violence in the Congo; we explore what drives one in four men in Asia to commit rape; and we report on sexual predation against Afghanistan boys by older men, concealed behind the veil of  “tradition”.

Some years ago global attention was focused on the spontaneous protests led by ordinary people in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a physiotherapy student. But while the case seemed to spark global outrage, what has come of that shock and anger? What has really changed? This In-Depth explores how people are fighting back against the normalization of sexual violence.

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