child abuse

World marks International Children’s Day

The United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on governments, particularly those in Africa, to invest more in programmes and campaign that promote children’s rights. The agency’s call comes as South Africa joins governments across the globe to mark International Children’s Day on Friday. Currently, programmes against the abuse of[…]

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Mixed reaction to spanking ruling

By: Najma Bibi Noor Mahomed South African parents have been left torn after the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled that parents will no longer be able to use the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ if they are later accused of assault. Judge Raylene Keightley handed down the judgement that[…]

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Parents call for public paedophile register

While South Africans continue to battle the scourge of sexual abuse cases that involve children, the recent surfacing of a Gumtree tutoring add by a repeat child abuse offender has community members concerned for the safety of their children. Brian Shofer, as named by the Sunday Independent, enlisted his tutoring[…]

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Teens raping kids on the rise

Child rights group Molo Songololo says the number of cases of young teens raping even younger children is increasing. The organisation was reacting after a 16-year-old was arrested for allegedly raping two girls, one aged nine and the other a five-year-old. According to police spokesman Noloyiso Rwexana, the boy allegedly[…]

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‘Parents must report cases of sexual abuse’

With one of the highest rates of reported rape cases globally, a recent case involving 42 year old Nizaam Ajam has shocked the country. With 180 charges for sexual crimes perpetrated against children, the Mitchells Plain resident has sparked an outcry from South Africans calling for judicial recourse for victims[…]

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Child porn becoming more violent

Horrific images of infant pornography and sexual fantasies relating to child abuse. These are just some of the things which form part of a police investigation, dubbed Cloud 9, into an online child pornography ring. So far, the investigation has led to six arrests in South Africa in recent months. People[…]

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Corporal punishment unacceptable: Rapcan

South Africans should not limit their outrage to the most horrific cases of child abuse, but rather to all instances where adults use physical violence as a means of controlling children, according to local advocacy group, RAPCAN. The declaration comes after a Hanover Park man appeared before the Athlone Magistrate’s[…]

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