Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa was on trial for rape and during the trial his supporters marched outside chanting, “burn the bitch, burn the bitch,” referring to the woman who made the accusation. During the trial when Zuma was asked if he worried about HIV replied it was no problem because he took a shower after sex. It is no wonder in such a society one out of four men of South Africa confess to having raped a woman. Most began raping while in their teens and one in twenty admitted to having raped during the past year. According to Professor Rachel Jewkes of the Medical Research Council, “We have a very, very high prevalence of rape in South Africa. I think it is down to ideas about masculinity based on gender hierarchy and sexual entitlement of men.”
The women who are raped are being violated by men who have a high rate of HIV positive and who don’t think anything about raping women to satisfy their sexual desires. Perhaps, step one in South Africa is electing a president who does not shower after sexual encounters with women, but focuses on HIV prevention.