As a parent, the last thing on your mind when seeing your child off to school is any harm or danger they may be in behind school walls. However in just the three months between April and June 69 rapes were reported at educational premises.
These were the eye opening first quarter crime statistics released by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday.
Educational institutions, be it a school, university, college or day care accounted to the fourth most prevalent place for a rape to occur following transport, public place and residence topping the list.
Of the 69 cases Gauteng has the highest number of cases with 17, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo with 13.
Cele also revealed that 55 of the rape cases happened in schools (primary and high school) within the 90 day window period observed. While six cases took place in a day care, five and three occurred at special schools and tertiary institutions respectively.
It’s important to note that rape cases at the educational institutions do not reflect student but also where a victim may be a teacher or member of staff.
Fourth quarter crime stats released in May revealed that there were 84 rape cases in just the first three months of 2023, meaning their was a rape occurring almost everyday at educational facilities.
Therefore in the total number of rapes reported at educational facilities is 153 in the first half of 2023.