Gender-based violence data falls short

File: Over 177,000 crimes were committed against women between April 2017 and March this year.

File: Over 177,000 crimes were committed against women between April 2017 and March this year.

JOHANNESBURG - It's possible that South Africans don't understand the true extent of gender-based violence.

The country is currently marking 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

But it seems there's a serious shortage of reliable data on what millions of women face each day.

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The latest police figures paint a disturbing picture.

Over 177,000 crimes were committed against women between April 2017 and March this year.

These include murder, attempted murder, sexual offences, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and common assault.

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A survey by StatsSA found that women are more likely to be targets of sexual offences, property theft, and fraud.

Women also feel afraid of expressing their sexual orientation.