Elderly Women Raped by Burglars

It sets my teeth on edge when people persistently argue that covering up helps prevent rape. While on the face of it the argument might seem to hold water, facts reveal that such logic is mere fallacy at best and outright ignorance at worst. Pray tell, when a woman sitting quietly at home is burgled and raped, how did her dress sense contribute? What of very elderly women? Babies? The woman covered head to foot? Rape is about power and who controls it at any given moment. Now young men are also getting raped by men! How are these young men dressing to attract such negative attention? IT IS NOT ABOUT WHAT ANYONE WEARS! It is ALWAYS ABOUT THE RAPIST, not the victim! The story posted below is another glaring example of how one’s dress code has very little to do with whether one gets raped.



Cape Town – Two elderly sisters, aged 73 and 69, were raped just over a week ago in the small farming community of Kestell, Free State.

Two pensioners were brutally raped in their home after telling burglars that they had no money or weapons to give them. The men responsible for the crime later escaped in the sisters’ red Nissan Sentra, number plate BHP 039 FS.

Both women have been hospitalised and are said to be traumatised by the incident. One sister was already suffering from cancer prior to the attack.

Volksblad reports that the sisters were well-known in Kestell, and that their rape has shaken their community. Babs Storm, the owner of a coffee shop, said the women were “very good to others” and described the crime as “terrible…the worst attack in the 15 years that I have lived here”.

While the maize-farming community tries to come to terms with the situation, South Africa as a nation faces the challenge of addressing elderly rape as reports of similar crimes become more common.

The South African Older Persons Forum declared that “the spate of rapes perpetrated against grannies in the country is deeply disturbing”. This statement was given following a number of elderly rapes late last year. An 82 year old woman from Montebello was one of six older women taken advantage of in Montebello, and another case of a 70 year old women in Siloam, Limpopo, was added to the list during holiday festivities.

Photo accredited to cnx.org

More recently, in April a 92 year old woman from Mmakau became one of the growing number of elderly rape victims. Police affirm that her door, broken down by the intruder, had been locked with chains prior to the attack. This safety precaution was clearly no deterrent, and police urge those with elderly parents to discourage them from living alone.

The man suspected of committing this crime was seen leaving the house by the woman’s grandson, and was taken into police custody earlier in April. He was said to have been on parole after being sentenced to eight years imprisonment for another rape in 2006.

Last year KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development Weziwe Thusi  condemned the outbreak of sexual violence, saying  “Elderly abuse incidents bring shame to our society”.She called for action to be taken by communities to prevent such  crimes. The recent rape of the elderly sisters from Kestell highlights the need for this appeal to be taken seriously.

Reblogged from http://echoedhere.wordpress.com


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