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How bad is it/how often does it happen?

Levels of GBV in South Africa are shockingly high. A study carried out in 4 provinces in South Africa between 2010 and 2012 by an organisation called Gender Links revealed that an average of 52.1 % of women had experienced some form of gender based violence both inside and outside their personal relationships. What is even more frightening is that not all cases of GBV are reported because victims of GBV have fear of revenge, threats and shame and doubts of being believed by their families and their communities. So, the real percentage of GBV incidences is probably higher than most reports suggest.

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