‘No means no’ meant nothing on night out

A woman went out with some friends to a bar in Tasbet Park’s ‘Tasbet Sentrum’ for a Friday filled with youthful fun. Her night did not go as planned.

On September 8 at about midnight, the young woman’s ex-boyfriend suddenly showed up at the bar where she and her friends had been socialising.

The woman told him that they needed to make arrangements for her to fetch her personal belongings from his home.

The woman’s ex-boyfriend concurred and told her that they could travel to his residence in order for her to collect her clothing and jewellery immediately.

Once outside, the woman’s ex-boyfriend told her that he was aroused.

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The woman immediately made it clear that having sex on the side of the road was totally unacceptable to her and that she would not do it.

The woman’s ex-boyfriend then continued to beat the woman until she agreed to undress, after which the woman’s ex-boyfriend raped her just outside of view of the bar where her evening had started.

The Gauteng Gender-based Violence Indicators Project 2010 found that approximately a quarter of all South African women surveyed, reported having been raped during their lifetime. The true number is estimated to be closer to one in three women.

Various provincial surveys show that anywhere between 15 and 37 percent of men admit to having raped a woman during their lifetime.

The question we should be asking ourselves is this: Are we truly teaching our boys that no means no, or are we raising a generation of men who do not care about consent.

  AUTHOR
Aimee-Lee Verster

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