30 November 2022
The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that 1 out of 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence while 1 in 10 men have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
Globally between 70% and 90% of victims, know their offender.
This figure includes South Africa. Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that out of the 9 516 rapes reported between April and June 2022, 3 780 rapes took place in either the homes of the rapist or victim, while 1 546 people were raped in public places, including streets and parks. This means that the majority of rape survivors know their rapists. They have had their trust broken in their homes, communities or workplace.
Jason B. Whiting, a Professor in the United States and author of the book, Love me True: Overcoming the Surprising Ways We Deceive in Relationships, and a group of gender-based violence (GBV) researchers collected information from victims globally to understand why they stay in these relationships.
These are the eight main reasons:
Although these eight reasons for staying are common, they do not describe every victim and situation.