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‘Current mechanisms continue to fail rape culture victims’

The panelists have shared their insights into how rape culture could be dealt with more effectively.

file: A UCT student holds up a poster during a protest against rape and sexual abuse on campus on 11 May 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Authors, who have written books related to rape culture, have expressed the need for more effective ways to deal with the phenomenon as the current mechanisms continue to fail victims.

A conversation that traces the legacy of violence and abuse was also on the agenda at the Kingsmead Book Fair earlier today.

Author Pumla Gqola says rape culture will remain unaddressed if conversations around the issue remain at surface level.

"We are not going to end the rape crisis if we continue acting like only certain people can talk about it or certain organisations are responsible for ending the rape culture."

Rape survivor Criselda Grootboom detailed her journey of being gang raped at the age of nine and eventually growing up to a life of prostitution and sex trafficking.

The panelists there today have shared their insights into how the culture of rape could be dealt with more effectively and the challenges that come with finding solutions

WATCH: Inside SA's 'Rape Culture'

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