Addressing the vulnerability of men in South African violence prevention policy: a call to make males visible in policies and programmes tackling violence

South Africa has a significant violence problem. Violence is endemic among women and girls, with a significant proportion of traumatic events linked to sexual violence, which is grossly underreported (1). However, although the rate of female homicide involving intimate partners is alarmingly high, at six times the global rate (2), the exposure of men to violence – especially to severe and homicidal forms – is even more disproportionate, with male homicide rates eight times the global average (3). Sexual violence towards boys and men is also notable, with 3-4% of young men reporting having been raped (4) and high rates of rape being reported in prisons (5). The homicide rate for boys, at 6.9 per 100,000, is nearly double that of girls, at 3.9 per 100,000 (6).

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Friday, April 1, 2016 - 14:36