Violence against women: epidemiology and pathology of femicides and suspected sexual homicides by Primedia Broadcasting published on 2016-09-15T20:27:14Z Koketso speaks to Dr Itumeleng Molefe Forensic pathologist Western Cape Forensic Pathology Service. A study presented at the International Conference for Preventing Violence in Cape Town last week found that while young and elderly females are not spared when it comes to sexual homicide, women between the ages of 18 and 40 are most at risk. The study - Violence against women: epidemiology and pathology of femicides and suspected sexual homicides in Cape Town: a 10-year follow-up study - by Itumeleng Molefe, showed an average femicide incidence rate of 12.4 per 100 000 females in Cape Town. According to Molefe, this equates to half of the total South African national incidents for 1999, the 2009 national rate and almost five times the global average. Molefe's research period spanned between 2000 and 2009. Data was collected from autopsy reports of female bodies admitted at Salt River Forensic Pathology Laboratory in Cape Town during this period.