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What Makes People Blame the Victim? Karyn Maughan Discusses Love is War: The Modimolle Monster

Love is WarIn the book Love is War: The Modimolle Monster, which Karyn Maughan wrote with Shaun Swingler, they ask two pertinent questions: What makes abuse possible and what makes people blame the victim?

Maughan, a journalist for eNCA, spoke to Annetjie Wynegaard of the Rhodes Journalism department about the book based on the court case against Johan Kotzé, who was found guilty of orchestrating his wife Ina Bonette’s rape and her son’s murder.

“Our rape statistics are sickening, yet there’s always an attempt of rationalisation,” Maughan said. “It’s so apparent that it [rape] is wrong, but people still blamed her [Bonette].”

“If you’re not affected by what you write, you shouldn’t be writing.”

Karyn Maughan, specialist reporter for eNCA and Rhodes JMS alumnus, has been covering the “Modimolle monster” court case since the beginning.

In January 2012 Johan Kotzé orchestrated the rape of his wife, Ina Bonette, and the murder of her 19-year-old son, Conrad. The trial came to an end two months ago, when Judge Bert Bam sentenced Kotzé and Andries Sitholeto to two life sentences each for rape and murder, and Pieta Mohlake and Sello Mphaka received life imprisonment for gang raping Bonette.

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