A Cape Town-born woman has broken her silence on a harrowing experience of sexual violence, allegedly at the hands of her grandfather. The man, in his eighties, is a former teacher and well respected within the Muslim community. The young woman, based in the Middle East, released a video on[…]
“They might also be afraid. They might feel that they will be blamed because they don’t know what’s going on. There is also this fear of stigma; (being told) ‘it’s your fault’ and ‘you should’ve done things differently’. It keeps the victim silent.” That is the professional opinion of Mark[…]
Pope Francis has abolished the Catholic Church’s ‘pontifical secrecy’ in cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors in a major reform of canon law. The rule had been heavily criticized for protecting abusers and silencing victims. The pontiff issued two new documents on Tuesday changing how the Church handles abuse[…]
A warrant of arrest has been issued for a senior staff member at the Al-Noor Child and Youth Care Centre, in Woodstock, after he failed to appear in court on Friday. The 26-year-old man faces two charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, sexual assault and the[…]
The manager of the Al Noor orphanage has been arrested in connection with the abuse of children at the facility. It’s believed the 26-year-old man handed himself over to police on Monday. Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said the suspect appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate Court[…]
MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez says her department has uncovered strong evidence that children were sexually abused at the Al Noor Orphanage. The Woodstock childcare facility is under immense scrutiny, after it was shut down by the Department of Social Development last week over accusations of sexual and physical[…]
The premises of the Al Noor Orphanage felt like no man’s land on Wednesday, a far cry from a place usually buzzing with children playing on the grassy fields or tending to the food garden. The orphanage has come under immense scrutiny this past week – as it faces multiple[…]
Authorities have removed 17 children from the Al Noor Child and Youth Care Centre in Woodstock after conducting a preliminary investigation into several serious complaints of alleged physical and sexual abuse at the centre. The provincial Department of Social Development said the children have been placed in other child and[…]
South Africa ranked 15th out of 40 countries for its measures to protect children against sexual abuse and exploitation, a new index developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit found. The Economist Intelligence Unit released a report, Out of the Shadows, on child sexual abuse and exploitation this week, based on a[…]
A senior Vatican official called on Pope Francis to resign, accusing the pontiff of failing to act sooner on sexual abuse allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. In an 11-page statement, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said sanctions imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI over sexual misconduct were lifted under[…]
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