Episode 5: Rape And Rape Culture

Rape and rape culture in South Africa

A discussion about the rape crisis in South Africa with a focus on consent and how a misunderstanding of teen sexuality puts teenagers at risk. This episode also explores how rape culture permeates our judiciary and legal system which leads to the re-victimization of victims when they try to get justice, and the conversation explores rape in relationships, and problematic myths about rape being a “family matter”.   


  • Table Guest: Prof. Deevia Bhana, DSI /NRF South African Research Chair in Gender and Childhood Sexuality, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Elders Corner Guest:  Delphine Serumaga, UN Women Country Representative to Zimbabwe
  • Allies Corner Guest: Prof. Kopano Ratele -  Director Men, Injury and Violence Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council

Language Term

Rape Culture: “Mekgwa e setšhaba se nolofatsang kgonagalo le tiragalo ya petelelo le kgokgontsho e amanang le tsa thobalano.”


  • Take up the battle. Take it up. It's yours. This is your life. This is your world. - Maya Angelou
  • I am a feminist because I am a woman living in a world where if I am not vigilant, I will be erased, exploited or dehumanised. – Siphokazi Mthathi
  • If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it. - Zora Neale Hurston
  • If you are to free yourselves you must break the chains of oppression yourselves. Only then can we express our dignity... Any acceptance of humiliation, indignity or insult is acceptance of inferiority - Winnie Mandela
  • Rape myths do dangerous work. They can embolden perpetrators and re-traumatise victims and survivors. Rape myths and excuses are at the heart of what is keeping rape culture intact. - Pumla Gqola
  • We must send a message across the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence- the shame is on the aggressor! - Angelina Jolie

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