2015-07-07 06:00

A number of community awareness and educational programmes have been put in place to address sexual related crimes in the Ocean View area as part of the police outreach programme, says Latchman.

She urges parents to always know where their children are, never send them anywhere alone, teach children not to let anyone touch them inappropriately and to scream for help if anyone does.

“Teach your children to report incidents where a family member or friend has made them feel uncomfortable and do not allow strangers into your home,” she says.

However, Kikillus believes more needs to be done.

“We desperately need safehouses in the Southern Peninsula.

“All schools must open their doors to organisations to provide awareness and counselling. We need daily aftercare programmes for all school pupils and places of safety for children not in school and residents need to keep watch over what happens in their street.

“Churches also need to recognise the problem and launch programmes,” he says

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