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Distressing data on SA's sexually abused children

02 June, 07:18 PM

Data from a national survey of 4 000 children reveals some distressing trends in the frequency of child abuse in South Africa.

According to this research, certain situations increase the likelihood of children being groomed by sexual predators, pedophiles and sexual offenders.

One academic, Professor Catherine Ward from the University of Cape Town, said incidents of sexual assault against minors could be prevented.

Factors listed as increasing the likelihood of a child being abused by a predator included living with disability, having a parent in hospital long-term and sharing sleeping space with others.

The findings illuminate the tactics of sexual offenders who target at-risk children and sexually violate them.

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