From Delhi to Bredasdorp

 

Richard Pithouse on why rape isn’t something that only happens “over there” as we like to think.

“While we must investigate the nature of the conditions that enable rape to become an everyday reality we must, of course, be absolutely clear that no culture, no context and no degree of suffering and humiliation justifies rape or other forms of abuse. In every context – the drunken party; the possibility for impunity that comes with the power of the police officer, the priest, the boss, the professor or the rich man; the corrosive desperation of poverty – there are men who don’t rape and men who oppose rape. There is always a choice.” – Richard Pithouse in From Delhi to Bredasdorp

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