Western Cape pupils play ‘rape, rape’ game

Cape Town - Teachers and principals at schools in the Western Cape have revealed that a disturbing game is being played by schoolchildren called “rape, rape”.

In the game, boys chase and catch girls - who are willing participants - and then simulate rape with them. Once she had been ‘raped’, she was out of the game. The game ends when the last girl has been ‘raped’.

There are fears that the game will normalise the violent act for children, a school governing body association told the Cape Times.

The provincial education department said it was horrified by news of the game and will launch an investigation.

The Mitchells Plain School Governing Body Association said about 150 cases of rape, attempted rape and sexual harassment at primary and high schools in the area have been brought to its attention in the past year.

There have been several cases recently of child on child rape. In one incident in March, a 5-year-old girl was raped by Grade 2 boys outside her school in Mitchells Plain, Sapa reported.

This comes just days after Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed that more than 300 teachers had been charged with sexually abusing girls over the past three years.

The Star also reported on Monday that a principal of a school in Orange Farm, south of Gauteng, was on the run after several pupils accused him of sexual harassment.

'Rape' games are not unique to South Africa though. A Huffington Post report from March 2012 tells of a 'rape tag' game being played at a Minnesota school that had left parents worried.

In the game, the children 'tag' each other by touching on their genitals.

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Sugan Moodley 2014/08/18 11:43:13 AM
WTF!!! What happened to house keeping. Or Hide and Seek.
Julie Koekemoer 2014/08/18 11:44:43 AM
What are we doing wrong that our children are getting involved in these horrid games?
Haydn Gawronsky 2014/08/18 11:45:41 AM
What the hell do these kids learn at home?
David Van Schalkwyk 2014/08/18 11:46:00 AM
Jeez that is really disturbing... Who do you even start to blame for this game... Parents need to sit children down and open they eyes to the brutality of rape...
mica gogome 2014/08/18 11:50:09 AM
Spare the rod,spoil the child.Corporaal punishment can do.
Bri 2014/08/18 11:51:15 AM
I read this and sobbed. This is what my children will be exposed to... I can only hope that I am able to teach them the morals with the correct guidance to prevent them from being involved in this disturbing behaviour. Hopefully it will not be tainted by those around them if I have done my job correctly. Parents need to PARENT for goodness sake!! Teachers need to get involved too when the children are on school premises!
Tshembo Papa-hluke Mathonsi 2014/08/18 12:09:25 PM
Lol Ai charity begins at home. I blame the parents, the communities they come from....
Teboho Mphaloane 2014/08/18 12:10:44 PM
when i was growing up, this was the part where any adult in the community who caught us playing like this was allowed to discipline us. And if you knew what was good for you, you woundn't go crying to your parents that Mrs So&So spanked you for playing 'rape, rape'.
Ame Ombre 2014/08/18 12:16:44 PM
Impressionable minds...children imitate and mimick what they see around them...sexual negativity in songs,watching porn on television,computer and cell phones,immodest acts perpetrated by parents,family and friends,gang culture in the community,what is learnt at school,etc...Its imperative that parents,elders,teachers,etc... be the child's mentor,role model and guide...
Steven Francisco 2014/08/18 12:17:39 PM
Its funny you should say that Shannon de beer because I know of some very fancy schools in the western cape where things like this have been going on in hostels etc...