The rate of sexual violence in South Africa is among the highest in the world.
Sexual violence is the use of force or manipulation to get someone to engage in unwanted sexual activity without their consent.
It is estimated that over 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime and that only 1 in 4 rapes are reported.
Following this multicultural evaluative investigation which included a multi-disciplinary enquiry, data was summarised and a tentative training programme suggested. Qualitative data to assist the practitioner has been summarised and a continuous feedback loop of evaluation and improved programme planning initiated in accordance with the requirements of illuminative action research.
For the past fifteen years the writer has been involved in training of Marriage Guidance Counsellors and treatment of marital couples in distress.
During this time limited facilities, the inability of some couples to utilise existing facilities and the resultant family disruption has become evident.
The South African report to CEDAW partly attributes the low report and conviction rate to the post-apartheid public perception of the police force.
Moreover, the report states that the attitudes and prejudices of law enforcement agencies and other government personnel and the inaccessibility of services, particularly in rural areas, are also part of the problem.