In Johannesburg Friday, David Potse, 23, was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a nine-month-old baby. The baby had to have reconstructive surgery to repair her genitals and internal organs after the attack. Potse, who had been the boyfriend of the baby's mother, was sentenced to an additional 18 years in prison for indecent assault. Some 21,000 cases of child rape were reported to South African police last year. The attacks have been fueled by the myth that sex with a virgin will protect a man against AIDS or even cure him of the disease, which affects one in nine South Africans.
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