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I skimmed this forum to see if anyone had already discussed this topic but no one has. I don't have the particulars due to the predicament I was in when I heard this news--there is an insurance company in a country in South Africa that offers rape insurance policies for the overwhelming numbers of rape victims.

The reason for the need of a rape policiy is overwhelming medical cost and mental health services. I dunno--it just seems to me that the situation is being handled ass backwards. It's understandable that, at this point the policy is needed to help those that have already been affected but wouldn't it make more sense to deal with the men that are committing all of these crimes? Somebody educate me on this please.
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It isn't necessarily the case of solving problems. I was just relaying here what I heard on NPR news about rape insurance being offerd in South Africa due to the exorbent cost of medical and mental health expenses of recovering from being raped.

Of course, I didn't get all the details because I was in the middle of navigating through heavy 5 o'clock traffic when I was listening to this news.
I just read a few sites about this phenomona and from what I gathered, there are different policies.

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Commercial General Union became the first South African insurer to issue rape insurance last year, and from the beginning the policies have drawn fire from critics. While the policies cover HIV testing, they make no provision for HIV-AIDS care if a woman tests positive for the disease, critics say. And, some argue, medical care after a rape should be an integral part of all medical insurance and the health care system, not an optional benefit.



This is a double edge sword in that rape is so out of control in SA, that there is actually a market for this but at the same time nothing is being done to stop it.
Bless you, Faheem, for responding to my post with just a simple answer to my question. I'm new to this site and, for the most part, all I've recieved was sarcastic, boorish, obnoxious remarks.

It's all coming back to me now--the news bite I heard on rape insurance, thanks to your quote.

It is actually sickening--the mere thought of having rape insurance. The mere title sent shivers up my spine. It just doesn't make sense--how is it that these men are not somehow being punished for these crimes? How is it that this could even be accepted as part of the culture? For a place so far away not only in a geographical sense but a cultural sense, all I can do is question.

It also reminds me of a piece I heard about the American doctor that was killed in Iraq--she single-handedly performed operations on adolescent girls in South Africa that were periodically raped by grown men. They were so damaged from being violated by these grown men that they profusely urinated on themselves. This woman saved many of these girls and now she's gone. Horrifying.
It's a sad state of affairs when a woman has to take out RAPE INSURANCE. That doesn't even sound stable. Does anyone know what the UN is doing about this? What are the stipulations of the insurance? Is it a type of insurance where if you file a claim they'd drop your coverage if another rape were to occur?

I just can't believe men are raping women with no consequences upon them. They are getting away with murder b/c I know that a piece of that woman dies when it happens. Laws need to be put in place to punish the men that are doing this.
The overalll situation in Azania(pre-colonial name for the area now known as S.A.) is horrible. Crime is out of control. It is not in the traditional culture of the Azanian people to rape women. The entire situation in S.A. is a mess, and the only people that are 'comfortable' are the European colonizers/settlers and their lap dogs...and they aren't even that comfortable anymore since they are having to build higher electrified and barbed wire fences, purchase more guard dogs, and better security to protect their residential 'compunds' from the impoverished(from their exploitation) masses. The entire socio-ploitico-economic structure of S.A. needs to be rearranged. The only place worse off with crime is Nairobbery(Nairobi) Kenya whose satellite slumm Kibera has now surpassed Soweto as Africa's largest and worst for the last 2 years. Even Zimbabwe, with the recent riots isn't as 'dangerous'.

Unfortunately, when everything gets worse with crime and poverty, the most vulnerable are going ot be victimized. Since women are still oppressed globally, it is no wonder that rape has increased. And with the AIDS rate in S.A., well, enough said. It's a beautiful country with beautiful people, it's a damn shame. But this is the result of the 'compromise' that took place after apartheid. The exploitative conditions have an effect/result. Not that the situation can or should be used as an excuse, but it is part of the cause/reason. If the shituation in S.A. isn't reevaluated, I don't see how this particular symptom of the disease can be cured all by itself, as if it is occurring in some sort of social vacuum.
It would have also been a lot more helpful if President Mbeki had not initially denied that there was an AIDS/HIV epidemic in his country --and then, after the facts of illness and death smacked him in the face and became undeniable -- had allowed methods of prevention and education to be more widely implemented. He allowed the farce of "having sex with a virgin gets rid of AIDS" to go on waaay too long and added to the devastation with his inactivity.

He is only now trying to play catch-up.
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
It would have also been a lot more helpful if President Mbeki had not initially denied that there was an AIDS/HIV epidemic in his country --and then, after the facts of illness and death smacked him in the face and became undeniable -- had allowed methods of prevention and education to be more widely implemented. He allowed the farce of "having sex with a virgin gets rid of AIDS" to go on waaay too long and added to the devastation with his inactivity.

He is only now trying to play catch-up.


I would suggest you look deeper into Mbeki's criticism of the AIDS issue...Here is a link you may want to check out.

http://www.africaspeaks.com/reasoning/index.php?topic=2893.new;boardseen#new

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