'Why we raped’

Among the reasons given for why they committed rape are culture, alcohol, economic reasons, jealousy and bad friends.

07 November 2019 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT



Fifteen rapists have opened up about why they forced their victims to have sex, with most saying it was because they were under the influence of alcohol and drugs, but also because they see women as “inferior”.

These revelations are contained in a research thesis by a University of Namibia (Unam) masters student that included interviews with social workers as well as case management officers.

The study, ‘An investigation into rape offenders’ explanations of why they raped: A case study of offenders at Windhoek Correctional Facility’, was conducted by Nangula Kefas.

It found that men from poor educational backgrounds, and who are single, are more likely to commit rape. Certain cultural practices, economic conditions, means of survival, power and masculinity, alcohol and drug abuse and family background also influence rape.

A 53-year-old perpetrator said the day of the incident he was drinking a lot at a shebeen and also used dagga.

“I took the lady home and tried having sex with her, but she refused, so I forced myself on her. I felt like she had no right to refuse because I spent my money on her.”

Another 38-year-old rapist tells of how he and his co-accused got drunk and smoked dagga on the day of the crime.

“On our way home we started talking about sex and then something came into my mind to rape someone. My co-accused and I decided to look for someone to rape.

“We went to people’s houses and we told each other that we were going to knock, and if a women opens, we are going to rape her.

“We couldn’t get anyone to rape and then we decided to go to the hospital to look for a lady there,” the rapist said.

“We didn’t get anyone and then we went to my co-accused’s house where we got his 10-year-old niece. We took her from the house, took her to the bush, then we stabbed her because she didn’t want to do what we asked her and then after we raped her.”

A 43-year-old perpetrator said he believes alcohol plays a role, but that women are inferior.

“For me, I believe alcohol influences rape, although there are other causes like culture and things like that. I honestly don’t think I would have raped her if I wasn’t drunk. I wasn’t thinking straight, but also maybe just that I believe that women are weaker made me rape her.”

A 32-year-old perpetrator said: “I don’t want to blame the alcohol, I knew what I was doing, it was wrong. But I wouldn’t have done it on a day that [I was] sober. I raped her because I felt I like I had control over her.”

Another perpetrator said the woman he raped had no right to refuse sex, because he spent money on her.

“I took the lady home and tried having sex with her, but she refused, so I forced myself on her. I felt like she had no right to refuse because I spent my money on her.”

The survey finding revealed there were some rapists believed there was consent, but they were convicted because the victim was under-age.

Tjiramue

Other perpetrators indicated they raped because they were following certain cultural norms such as the Tjiramue tradition in the Ovaherero culture.

Tjiramue is a cultural practice among the Ovaherero where a male is allowed to have sex with their female cousins, regardless of whether they are married or not.

However, the perpetrators also indicated that they were asked for money by their victims or they were financially supporting their victims.



Incest

A number of rape incidents also involved incest. Some rape perpetrators indicated they had raped their nieces or cousins as way of following a particular traditional norm.

Some perpetrators indicated they had promised their victims money and they were reported when they failed to make payment.

Perpetrators also indicated they raped their wives or partners.

They also revealed they committed the crime while under the influence of alcohol.

They indicated they were not thinking straight during the time they committed the crime and they were not in their right state of mind.

According to the study, perpetrators also indicated they would not have committed the crime if they were not under the influence of alcohol.

Social workers

Meanwhile, key informants to the study such as the social workers and case management officials also indicated there are a lot of factors contributing to rape. These indicated culture, alcohol, economic reasons, jealousy and bad friends.

The study also referred to the National Plan of Action on Gender Based Violence (2012-2016), which revealed there are between 1 100 and 12 00 rape cases reported each year. This report found that most rape cases were committed by family members or acquaintances, with only about 12% being committed by strangers.

[email protected]

Similar News

 

‘It’s no gimmick’

18 hours ago | Crime

OGONE TLHAGE New Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu has moved her office to the Babylon informal settlement, saying this will put her in touch with the city’s residents. The move...

Woman aged 101 commits suicide

1 day - 21 January 2020 | Crime

The Oshana police have opened an inquest docket following the shocking report of a 101-year-old woman allegedly committing suicide in the region at the weekend....

Child shot while playing with gun

1 day - 21 January 2020 | Crime

A three-year-old girl was shot in the leg last Sunday in the Omusati Region when she and another child were playing with a firearm. ...

School computer thieves stump cops

2 days ago - 20 January 2020 | Crime

Efforts by the Oshana police to recover 67 laptops, valued at N$223 800, that were stolen from two neighbouring schools in Ongwediva have proven futile....

Pensioner accused of incest

1 week ago - 15 January 2020 | Crime

A 68-year-old man, arrested on Friday after he allegedly repeatedly raped his eight-year-old daughter, made his first appearance before the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court on Monday....

Kalahari assaults to be probed

1 week ago - 15 January 2020 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT Two videos depicting members of Operation Kalahari Desert assaulting civilians will be thoroughly investigated.The actions by members of the anti-crime...

Poaching arrests pile up

1 week ago - 15 January 2020 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT A total of 18 suspects were recently arrested for wildlife-related crimes, of which 15 suspects were nabbed in connection with...

Prosecutor appears in court

1 week ago - 15 January 2020 | Crime

The 29-year-old public prosecutor who was arrested last Saturday on a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol made his first court appearance...

Man hangs himself after ­killing girlfriend

1 week ago - 14 January 2020 | Crime

A 31-year-old woman was hacked to death with an axe by her 33-year-old boyfriend at Leonardville last Sunday, after which he committed suicide. According to...

Woman sets boyfriend's house alight

1 week ago - 14 January 2020 | Crime

A 24-year-old woman was arrested at Mariental on Saturday on charges of arson and malicious damage to property after she allegedly set her boyfriend's house...

Latest News

N$450m party funding unaudited

18 hours ago | Politics

OGONE TLHAGE Auditor-General Junias Kandjeke says there is no law authorising him to...

Teachers warned against accepting bribes

18 hours ago | Education

Kavango East education director Fanuel Kapapero has issued a stern warning to teachers who are accepting bribes from parents in exchange for placing children at...

Swapo must outlive its members

18 hours ago | Opinion

Swapo is in the midst of probably its toughest spell of post-independence existence. The mushrooming of the independent candidates phenomenon, almost all of whom are...

Hardap Dam level drops to...

18 hours ago | Disasters

The Hardap Dam's level has dropped even further since last week. Even though the dam received its first inflow since 2018 last week after some...

Tough road ahead

18 hours ago | Agriculture

The disastrous drought in Namibia over the past seven years has forced livestock producers to significantly reduce their herds. They are now faced with cash...

Katima abattoir to start with...

18 hours ago | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT The Katima Mulilo export abattoir is expected to commence with test slaughtering by the end of February, if repairs...

Sustainable use of biomass strengthened

18 hours ago | Environment

Germany has donated more than N$2 million in vehicles and equipment to the agriculture ministry and the University of Namibia (Unam) in an effort to...

Man in court for registering...

18 hours ago | Justice

A 58-year-old man arrested at Aranos last Friday for allegedly providing false information relating to an accident made his first appearance in the Aranos Magistrate's...

A beacon of hope

18 hours ago | Education

The Tsintsabis Combined School's feeding programme has received resounding support from stakeholders since its implementation in 2004, acting principal Christalina Narubes said.During an interview at...

Load More