South Africa: An Epidemic of Rapes

Outrage fuels a protest movement in South Africa

When Charlene Smith found the intruder in her house in Johannesburg, South Africa, she started screaming. But he had a knife, and very soon her hands were tied behind her back with rounds of thick masking tape. Then he raped her. But her ordeal was not over after he left. In a country with one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world, bureaucratic and hospital red tape kept her from getting preventive drugs for 5 1/2 hours. If she had not complained loudly and bitterly, she might never have got the medication. The experience left her stunned and...

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