Surge in child-on-child sexual abuse

2014-07-14 10:24


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Johannesburg - A surge in child-on-child sexual assault cases has been noted by both NGOs and government’s social development department, it was reported on Monday.

Since the beginning of the year, notes the Times, there have been 200 such attacks with children as young as 5-years-old assaulting others.

One activist called it a “war” while a child rights expert said the abusers want to gain power over younger and weaker children.

Often the abusive children have been victims of abuse themselves and hope to regain a sense of power by assaulting others, expert Stephanie Dawson-Cosser told the newspaper.

Teddy Bear Clinic acting director Shaheda Oram Branfield said media influence and broader cultural violence were contributing factors for the violent acts and that children also learn from what they see.

Another activist said it was incorrect to label children as “offenders” because they don’t understand that what they’re doing is wrong.

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