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Rhodes University slated for not dealing with rape issues effectively

The SRC claims there are at least 21 students who’ve been raped or sexually assaulted this year.

FILE: Rhodes University. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Students at Rhodes University in Grahamstown have accused the institution of not dealing with issues around rape in an effective manner.

They've started a campaign that aims to raise awareness and to better equip students with knowledge of what to do if they're sexually assaulted.

Rhodes University's student representative council (SRC) claims there are at least 21 students who have been raped or sexually assaulted since the beginning of the year.

The SRC says there are a host of reasons students are too scared to report the crimes.

The SRC's Naledi Mashishi says the university needs to do more to address the issue.

"When Rhodes University deals with rape, there's this attitude of 'don't go and get drunk and walk home alone or else you'll get raped'.

Mashishi says they've started the Chapter 212 campaign which they hope will improve treatment of rape survivors at universities.

The name comes from clause 12 in the Bill of Rights that affirms the right to bodily and psychological integrity.

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