South African Woman Says She Bit Rapist's Penis

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A South African mother who was being raped at knifepoint in front of her 5-year-old son says she fought back the only way she could -- by biting her attacker's penis.

Authorities are searching hospitals in the northeastern province of Mpumalanga, where the Jan. 8 attack occurred, looking for a man with a "severely injured" penis, according to the Daily Mail.

The woman, who was three months pregnant, was hitchhiking with her son near the small town of White River.

Two men picked them up, but their sinister intentions soon became apparent when they allegedly brandished a gun and drove the car into the bushes.

"One of the men forcefully raped her at knifepoint in front of her child," read a Mpumalanga police statement. "During the process, the woman managed to bite the private part of the man, who ran away."

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According the officers, the man's penis was not completely severed.

Police issued a statement advising any hospitals or clinics in the area to contact them if a man with "severely injured" private parts shows up asking for medical aid.

More than 100 rapes are reported to police every day in South Africa, reports the Daily Mail. That number is widely accepted to much lower than the actual number of sexual assaults that occur. BusinessTech reports statistics from a Cape Town rape crisis center that estimates only 1 in 20 rapes are reported.

South African authorities have been criticized for lax investigations of rape allegations, with many victims not receiving proper care in the aftermath of an attack.

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In addition to low reporting rates, the South African conviction rate is anemic, with less than 10 percent of rape trials resulting in a guilty verdict, according to independent studies.

The unusual way the victim fought off her attacker has made this rape newsworthy, but few other rapes in South Africa receive the same media attention. 

According to BusinessTech, a anonymous 2016 survey revealed that anywhere from 15 to 38 percent of men in South Africa admitted to having forced a woman to have sex.

In Deipsloot, a densely populated area north of Johannesburg, 38 percent of men admitted to committing a sexual assault. When the question was broadened to include incidents of beating or threatening to hurt a woman, the statistic rose 54 percent.

According to The Guardian, South African author and professor Pumla Dineo Gqola noted that after the abolition of apartheid in 1994, it was expected that reported rapes would rise because black women would feel more comfortable coming forward. But that increase in reports remains much lower than the number of actual incidents.

Sources: Daily Mail, BusinessTech, The Guardian / Featured Image: GovernmentZA/Flickr / Embedded Images: South African Tourism/Flickr, Pixabay

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