Raped rugby player should sue school and coach – Childline

2012-05-11 09:05

Legal steps should be taken against the coach in charge of a group of boys who allegedly raped a
16-year-old boy on a rugby tour, and against the school involved, a Childline representative has said.

The coach, who reportedly turned the victim away when approached for help, should have intervened, Childline advocacy and training manager Joan van Niekerk told the Beeld today.

“And these boys have to suffer the consequences, otherwise they will continue to perpetuate this kind of behaviour in public.”

It was reported yesterday that the schoolboy was raped with a broom handle and a banana on March 17, and that the authorities had opted not to prosecute.

The boy’s parents could consider suing the police, the school and the coach, said Van Niekerk.

“A medical report is not a prerequisite for prosecuting a case of rape,” she said.

Officer Andrè Traut said the Vredenburg police investigated the case.

“The completed case docket was presented to the senior state prosecutor, who declined to prosecute in the matter. The case was subsequently withdrawn,” he said.

Van Niekerk recommended that the parents appeal against the decision with the provincial director of public prosecutions.

The Criminal Law (Sexual and Related Matters) Amendment Bill, signed into law on December 14, 2007, broadened the definition of rape to include forced anal penetration, and penetration with objects, not just body parts.

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