Remembering Anene Booysen

Two years on, Anene Booysen’s death has thrust the high prevalence of sexual violence back into the spotlight.

FILE. Two years on, Anene Booysen’s death has thrust the high prevalence of sexual violence back into the spotlight. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Medical Research Council (MRC) says in order to help adequately tackle the country's high prevalence of sexual violence more research needs to be done.

Today marks exactly two years since the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen.

On 2 February 2013, the 17-year-old's disembowelled body was found by a security guard on a construction site in the area.

She had been left for dead, but later died in hospital.

Johannes Kana is serving a double life sentence for her rape and murder.

Booysen's death sparked a national outcry as the shockingly high prevalence of violence against children was once again thrust into the spotlight.

Police figures show 62,000 sex related crimes were committed and reported over the last financial year.

The MRC's professor Naeemah Abrahams says there's no current research which exclusively looks at the prevalence of sexual violence or gender based violence in the country.

She warns the problem cannot be addressed if one does not know the extent of the scourge.

Abrahams believes more robust, in-depth research needs to be conducted.

She says the research will also help determine if current programmes such as the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign and other interventions are working.

The most recent crime statistics show 35 sexual offences were reported at the Bredasdorp police station over the last year.

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