The death of author Mark Minnie has thrust the crime of child rape into the spotlight, with researchers warning violence against minors remains universal and systematic.
Minnie was found with a bullet wound to his head in Port Elizabeth on Monday, next to a firearm which didn’t belong to him and a note.
His death comes days after the controversial book he co-authored The Lost Boys of Bird Island was published.
The book contains explosive revelations of child rape by powerful men during apartheid.
Speaking on Talk Radio 702 earlier on Wednesday, Professor Christi van der Westhuizen said the victims of these crimes suffered brutal violence.
“It’s a stigmatised term and it becomes those people over there who are paedophiles. We should call it what it is… these are child rapists.”