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South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Banning child and forced marriages is gaining traction in Africa

The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
A woman holds up a poster as part of a protest against the the rape of women, children and babies. The protest followed the rape of nine-month-old Baby Tshepang in 2001. Juda Ngwenya/Reuters

Explainer: behind the scourge of child rape in South Africa

A study examining why paedophiles sexually abuse young children highlights their own childhood adversities and socio-cultural factors as some of the reasons.
A protestor at a demonstration against rape. Rape statistics collected by the police do not reflect the high levels of under-reporting. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Rewriting the script around South Africa’s rape statistics

South Africa needs a new rape policy that will change the way the police collect statistics.
Research has shown that when sex work is illegal, street sex workers who are victims of sexual assault are reluctant to report it to police. shutterstock

Victorian rape law needs reform to protect sex workers

There is a non-binding precedent in Victoria that allows judges to consider the victim's sexual experience when passing sentence on a sex offender – but only when the "victim is a prostitute".
Ched Evans takes a drink while playing for Sheffield United in 2010. Jon Candy

Ched Evans: the legality and ethics of hiring a convicted rapist

As the directors of Oldham Athletic football club consider their options over the possible hiring of Ched Evans, the case of the convicted rapist trying to go back to work has thrown up a catalogue of…

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