Um…WHAT? 1 in 4 South African Men Admit to Rape

According to a study, 25 percent admit to committing the crime and many study participants claim they had raped more than one victim...

-Any woman raped by a man over the age of 25 has a one in four chance of her attacker being HIV-positive.

In a country where only seven percent of reported rapes lead to a conviction, this is a matter of crisis and the government has been thoroughly criticized for its inaction.

But why is rape so prevalent? The study’s lead researcher, Professor Rachel Jewkes, has a theory:

I think it is down to ideas about masculinity based on gender hierarchy and the sexual entitlement of men. It’s rooted in an African ideal of manhood.”