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What Men Should Know

Rape begets rape – SA’s brutal legacy

One in 10 South African men have been forced into sex by another man, according to a 2009 Medical Research Coun­cil study conducted among men between the ages of 18 and 49 in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The study, which investigated the links between HIV and rape in South Africa, as well as why South African men are so violent, used data from the 2001 government census to select a random sample of households with men to interview. 

"One of the surprising findings of the study was the high proportion of men who disclosed having been forced into sex by other men and also forcing other men to have sex. Nearly one in 10 men said they had been forced into sex by a man, and this was very much more common among men who rape [women]," the authors of the study report said. 

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