Samantha Mogwe Speaks Out On Rape Cases In Botswana

There is a real crisis going on

By  | Sep 15, 2020, 11:15 AM  | Samantha Mogwe  | Top of The

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Singer Samantha Mogwe is speaking out against the national rape crisis that is taking place in Botswana. 

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Samantha shared on her Instagram the 2020 ranking by World Population which placed Botswana second following South Africa with the countries with the highest rates rape. 

"Who would have ever imagined that our often portrayed as “peaceful” Botswana has the second-highest rate of rapes in the world: 92.9% incidents per 100,000 people, according to the World Population Review," shared Samantha. 

According to the Botswana Police Service (BPS) statistics, three women are killed every week in Botswana and six women are raped daily. Police Commissioner, Keabetswe Makgophe addressing Public Account Committee (PAC)said that over 600 rape cases are recorded yearly or six rape cases daily.
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In another post, Samantha detailed how the country is also dealing with a "justice system that doesn't make it conducive for victims who feel they can report the crimes that have been perpetrated against them!" 

The singer shared how uncomfortable it is to report a rape incident at a police station is and how some clinics do not have rape kits available and how sometimes bail is granted to offenders who go on to repeat the same crime. 

called upon people to speak up about the rape culture that is taking place in the country. 

"Civil society is fighting to ensure that policies are set that protect rape victims, but they also need our help in being a voice for those who cannot be heard," she wrote.
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“Six women are raped in a day; it is a shock. Are you investigating these not as cases but doing scientific research on the matter to come to the bottom of the cause? Look at some types of times and poverty, do they have any relationship,” said PAC member and the Member of Parliament for Bobonong, Taolo Lucas who has called for the Police Commissioner to consider conducting scientific research on the issues surrounding the crisis. 

Local model and former beauty queen, Nature Inger has also made it a point to speak oy against rape and assault and called for rapists to be held accountable. 

"Statistics show that women, girls and trans people are raped and sexually assaulted at the highest rate, but we know that boys and men are raped and sexually assaulted too. Because of the stigma surrounding this topic, they often don’t end up reporting and so we don’t have statistics on it, but it happens! This is a national crisis. We all need to stand together, hold rapists accountable, hold ourselves accountable and hold our government accountable,” she told Botswana Unplugged.
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