‘This Thing of the Victim Has to Prove That the Perp Intended to Assault Is Kak!’ Social Media Responses to Sexual Violence on South African Universities
Using the theoretical framework of gender-based violence and rape culture, this paper explores public opinion regarding sexual violence on university campuses. This paper analyses university policy as well as social media data on the topic using the approach of document and content analysis. An examination of these narratives reveals the ongoing power of patriarchy and its impact on sexual violence. Findings show dissatisfaction with university policies on sexual assault which are perceived as outdated and ineffective. Rape culture at universities is depicted here as a symptom of broader patriarchy in society.