Alarm over abuse cases

2016-07-12 06:05

The Steenberg Community Policing Forum (CPF) has raised alarm over a increasing reports of sexual violence and child abuse.

Following a meeting on Tuesday 6 July at the Steenberg police, CPF chairperson Lucinda Evans says: “Last month there were 14 reported cases of sexual violence. This is too high – especially compared to last year. This is just the number of reported cases that we are working with. There are much more as some people don’t report.”

Currently the CPF is mapping out how many NGOs provide victim empowerment services in the Steenberg precinct. They are also planning an information day on Friday 12 August. “People must report cases of sexual abuse. If anyone is abused or raped, approach an organisation that can help you. Approach the police and make a case. You can even approach the CPF. The numbers are shocking.”

Attending an an urgent meeting on the issue were representatives from the department of justice, social development child protection unit, the FCS unit from Muizenberg and Steenberg police and organisations and stakeholders like 12 TynieBaskets, Mosiac, Dews of Quietness, New World Foundation and Philisa Abafazi Bethu.

Evans says they are extremely worried about children under the age of nine.

“We are calling on parents to know where their child are all the time. If a child goes missing, immediately report it. If you suspect that your child has been sexually abused, make a case. Ask for medical attention. You can also be assisted with a safe house. Ask for counselling for the child.”

V Victims can contact the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women and Children’s Programme on 021 701 4717.

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