“It is estimated that over 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime and that only 1 in 9 rapes are reported. It is also estimated that 14% of perpetrators of rape are convicted in South Africa.” Sexual violence in South Africa

Every moment a girl, women or child steps out of their house is a moment that could change their fate. We believe in becoming the change we want to see in the world, no matter the depth of the impact we aim to create a safer and justified environment to live in.

Men Against Rape (M.A.R) is an action group born from the response to the sexual crime epidemic faced in South Africa. More so,
we were men who wanted to get involved. We looked around and found nowhere to pledge our names to.

It was from the ethos of ‘Helping You, Help Yourself’, that in 2007, we created an action group that real men can pledge their names to.
Every 60 seconds someone is raped, abused or sexually assaulted in South Africa. These alarming statistics require immediate action.
Not from the victims but those who have the power to do make a change – men. We are one of the very first male action groups in
South Africa that is geared towards fighting causes & crimes of these nature. Our approach is segmented into 3 key areas:

  1. Root Causes
  2. Prevention
  3. Support

Working specifically in these three areas M.A.R realises the mammoth task at hand and endeavours to take it on with a unified voice of men
in South Africa.

We seek to socialise and address social, psychological and parental issues causing some ‘men’ to carry out these heinous acts.
We aim to address education from foundation phase to socialise and educate young boys. One of our key areas is focusing our efforts right
now to provide safety to all South Africans through technology and innovation.

South Africa continues its battle against sexual crimes and still faces many challenges in the court room. M.A.R rallies behind laws that consign
harsher sentences to individuals who are convicted and found guilty. We believe crimes of these nature should be dealt with swiftly and with the full might of the law.

Lastly, and importantly is support. Those persons who fall victim to these crimes are traumatised, scarred and injured and need the support to continue living their lives. We are optimistic in the face of our challenges and know that with the support of South Africa, we can make a difference.