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Patterns of rape in Pietermaritzburg

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The study investigates the profile of rape in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding area. The data were generated by retrospective review of 691 rape survivors' records from October 2002 to December 2004. Numerous variables were analyzed using frequencies, chi-square and multiple regression. Patterns that emerged from the data help to describe rape as recorded by staff at the local Rape Crisis Centre where the administration of anti-retroviral and Postexposure Prophylaxis medication following rape is monitored. The mv status of the survivors was analyzed and incidence found to be comparable to UNAIDS (2006) statistics. Many patterns were identified in the data. For example, survivor age was associated with other variables including; race of the perpetrator, day of the week, type of violence used, location and relationship between survivor and perpetrator. Furthermore, relationship to perpetrator was found to impact on time delay before reporting, location and number of perpetrators.


Thesis (M.Soc.Sc.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2007.


Rape--KwaZulu-Natal--Pietermaritzburg., Rape--South Africa., Rape victims--KwaZulu-Natal--Pietermaritzburg., Theses--Clinical psychology.