'Rape stereotypes persist in SA'

A Rape Crisis counsellor says there are still so many stigmas and misconceptions about rape.

FILE: UCT staff and students protest against rape on 20 February 2013. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Rape Crisis counsellor on Thursday said she believes rape stereotypes in South Africa need to be broken.

Crime figures show that over the 2012/13 period, more than 66,000 sexual offences were recorded countrywide.

About 144 rapes are recorded at police stations across the country every day.

The counsellor, who wishes to be known only as Michelle, says there are still so many stigmas and misconceptions about rape.

"People still say that if you wear a miniskirt, you're looking for it. But we know in this country that they rape old women of 86 years and young six-weeks-old babies."

Meanwhile, no arrests have been made after two children were raped in separate incidents in Cape Town.

An 11-year-old boy was raped in a derelict building in Bonteheuwel on Sunday.

In another incident, a six-year-old girl was raped in a communal toilet in Delft.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz has condemned rape and called on police to find the culprits.