The early months of 2013 were marked by an appalling escalation of violence, rape, abuse and brutality. South Africans were shocked out of complacency due to the increasing severity of these crimes, as well as the fact that many of the perpetrators were known to their victims.
In order to understand the social processes and fragmentation that have contributed to the present conjuncture; how such an aberration can take place in a society where the dignity, corporal integrity, and equality of all are upheld in the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution, and hopefully provide an indication of the kind of interventions required to arrest this pattern of violence and to restore human dignity and security to all, the SA Catholic Bishops’ Conference Parliamentary produced a briefing paper on this issue. They believe the complexity of violence as a social phenomenon with its many ramifications needs to be studied in order to be effectively countered. Read more. Human dignity and gender-based violence