In-Depth

Sexual Violence

Do we really care?

Some years ago global attention was focused on the spontaneous protests led by ordinary people in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a physiotherapy student. But while the case seemed to spark global outrage, what has come of that shock and anger? What has really changed? IRIN explores how people are fighting back against the normalization of sexual violence.

In this multimedia package we explore the apathy of a “wounded society” in a rural South African town; in War on Women, a 15-minute film, we see how impunity shields perpetrators of sexual violence in the Congo; we explore what drives one in four men in Asia to commit rape; and we report on sexual predation against Afghanistan boys by older men, concealed behind the veil of  “tradition”.

Some years ago global attention was focused on the spontaneous protests led by ordinary people in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a physiotherapy student. But while the case seemed to spark global outrage, what has come of that shock and anger? What has really changed? This In-Depth explores how people are fighting back against the normalization of sexual violence.

  • Analysis

    South Africa town grapples with rape

    15 July 2013
    Seventeen-year-old Anene Booysen was gang raped and brutalized on a patch of scrubby grass between two newly built RDP [government subsidized] houses, in a bleak,...
  • Feature

    Afghanistan's dancing boys

    18 September 2013
    Sexual exploitation of boys, in particular the practice of "bacha bazi" (literally boy play) in which boys are "owned" for dancing and sex, remains one...
  • Analysis

    Why men rape

    10 September 2013
    Nearly one in four men surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region admitted raping a woman or girl, according to the first multi-country study on the prevalence...
  • Feature

    Child rape in Pakistan

    24 September 2013
    It is a fact few are willing to face, but each year hundreds - perhaps thousands - of children under 18 in Pakistan are raped...
  • Feature

    HAS VIDEO

    New IRIN film: Still Standing

    31 October 2013
    The gang rape of a 16-year-old Kenyan girl, and the laughable punishment given to some of her attackers - they were made to cut grass...