Booklet to help victims of sexual abuse

2007-12-01 00:00

NEW guidelines for helping someone who has been sexually abused were launched at a Cindi World Aids Day commemoration, held at the cathedral on Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, yesterday.

The guidelines, entitled “What to do when you or someone you know has been sexually abused”, are printed in English and Zulu in an attempt to “break the silence on sexual abuse”.

National co-ordinator Joan van Niekerk said it is most important for people not to be silent, and that the guidelines will assist in taking the matter forward.

Umvoti Aids Centre staffer Philani Madi said he knows of many children in rural areas who are sexually abused. He said people in poor and rural areas are the ones who need the most help.

Emphasised in the booklet is that abuse can happen to anyone and coping with this kind of trauma is not something you have to do on your own.

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