Every time we hear of sexual abuse, we always assume that a man is possibly at the center of it. Men have been guilty of misogyny for many years. This is partly due to the ugly history many were brought up under.
Gender Based Violence is a big problem in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa calls it another pandemic. In many of his family meetings the president always bemoans GBV as a scourge ripping families apart.
Today we have learned with a great shock about a 24 year old woman who fell in love with a 14 year old boy. The boy who is now 15 years old has been involved in romantic relationship with a a woman 10 years his senior.
The woman is now believed to be pregnant and alleged that the young man is the father. It is a story of a baby having a kid. The mother of the boy opened a case of statutory rape and the woman has been convicted.
Stories like this are very rare, or maybe they are just under reported. Unlike men, women do not use force or intimidation and therefore are not easily detected. When an older woman is seen with a young boy, no one will automatically assume there is anything sinister going on.
This cannot be an isolated case, and it will be wrong of us to think that this is a rare story. In rural communities cases of statutory rape are hardly reported when detected. Many people just become shocked for a minute and move on.
The Children's Act is very clear; any person who engages in a sexual relationship with a child of under 16 years of age is guilty of statutory rape. The law does not leave room for when a child looks much older or matured for his or her age.
Too much access to the internet exposes Children to a lot of material that may be wrong for them. Parents need to pay more attention to their children as most of the wrong things they learn are now in their phones rather than on the streets.
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