Group slams Barbie jail time

2010-02-24 19:01

Pretoria - Convicted sex offender Cézanne Visser should have been sent to jail for 70 years and not seven, advocacy group Women and Men Against Child Abuse said on Wednesday.

Reacting to Visser's sentencing earlier in the day, executive director Miranda Friedmann said this made a mockery of the trauma caused to victims of sexual abuse.

"Child sexual abuse does not always receive the condemnation and punishment it should in our country, as proven by our low conviction rate on sexual offences against children," Friedmann said.

"With all the evidence that was available to the court Advocate Barbie's [Visser's alias] sentence of seven years, received today, would have made a mockery of the suffering and trauma caused by this crime if it had been anything less."

The North Gauteng High Court jailed Visser for seven years for 11 sex-related charges, including indecently assaulting two teenage girls and soliciting a teenager to commit indecent acts.

A ruling on Visser's application for leave to appeal was expected later on Wednesday.