Gender-Based Violence

For South African women, the lifetime risk of experiencing GBV is 45.6%, well above the global average of 35% (WHO 2013). Rape is one of the most prevalent forms of GBV and young women aged 16-25 years are especially vulnerable to rape (UNICEF).
With statistics indicating that 10% of all reported rape comes from the higher education sector, as per MRC research studies, 2012, woman students fall squarely into this high-risk demographic and sexual assault on campuses has become a major concern. This is further compounded by research done by HIGHER HEALTH (2009 and 2014) which suggests that there is a high level of alcohol and drug abuse, which as reported by the World Health Organization, is a common risk factor for GBV.