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James Gikonyo
Nyati

Why don’t African parents take rape seriously?

I have been running a rape safe space for the last four years after my friend was raped. Most of the ladies benefitting from it have not been able to get any kind of support from their parents. The parents have told them to not talk about it at all. Why is there so much hypocrisy or to them, rape is not serious?

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  1. because of fear of coming out to speak and shame that comes with it from the community.

    because of fear of coming out to speak and shame that comes with it from the community.

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1 Her Answer

  1. African parents don't take rape seriously because of shame that is associated with it as well as judgement from the society.

    African parents don’t take rape seriously because of shame that is associated with it as well as judgement from the society.

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2 Him Answers

  1. I think that's associated with taboos linking rape to uncleanliness. In most cultures, rape brings shame to the whole family and in some, even future generations.

    I think that’s associated with taboos linking rape to uncleanliness. In most cultures, rape brings shame to the whole family and in some, even future generations.

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  2. i understand where this sentiment is coming from however i also disagree with it to an extent. we still have parents who listen and take actions when a report is done of rape.

    i understand where this sentiment is coming from however i also disagree with it to an extent. we still have parents who listen and take actions when a report is done of rape.

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  1. because of fear of coming out to speak and shame that comes with it from the community.

    because of fear of coming out to speak and shame that comes with it from the community.

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