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From Esther to Kwezi

Sexual Violence in South Africa after Twenty Years of Democracy

In: International Journal of Public Theology
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L. Juliana Claassens Stellenbosch University South Africa jclaassens@sun.ac.za

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Amanda Gouws Stellenbosch University South Africa ag1@sun.ac.za

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This article seeks to reflect on the issue of sexual violence in the context of the twenty year anniversary of democracy in South Africa bringing together views from the authors’ respective disciplines of Gender and the Bible on the one hand and Political Science on the other. We will employ the Old Testament Book of Esther, which offers a remarkable glimpse into the way a patriarchal society is responsible for multiple levels of victimization, in order to take a closer look at our own country’s serious problem of sexual violence. With this collaborative engagement the authors contribute to the conversation on understanding and resisting the scourge of sexual violence in South Africa that has rendered a large proportion of its citizens voiceless.

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