According to medscape, "child rape is increasing at shocking rates in South Africa. Sexual violence against children, including the raping of infants, has increased 400% over the past decade . According to a report by BBC news, a female born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped in her lifetime than learning how to read.
A number of high profile baby rapes since 2001 increased the need to address the problem socially and legally. In 2001, a 9-month-old baby was raped by six men, aged between 24 and 66, after the infant had been left unattended by her teenage mother. A 4-year-old girl died after being raped by her father. A 14-month-old girl was raped by her two uncles. In February 2002, an 8-month-old infant was reportedly gang raped by four men. The infant has required extensive reconstructive surgery. The 8-month-old infant's injuries were so extensive, increased attention on prosecution has occurred."
You may ask why these men are raping infants? They are simply heartless and ignorant. False rumors has been spread over some parts of Africa and some men have concluded that it is true. They were told that sleeping with a virgin cures aids so they choose to rape children as little as 5 months old.
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