n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The significance of evidence recognition in child rape cases

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



The recognition and collection of physical evidence plays a pivotal and extremely valuable role in the investigation of child rape cases. It has become ever more important for investigating officers to focus on the recovery of physical evidence during the crime scene investigation process, as only a few crimes rely as heavily upon physical evidence as does the crime of rape in order to secure a conviction in court.

As a result, this paper's aim is to address the nature, value and evidential relevance of physical evidence as well as the importance of thorough evidence collection during the investigation of child rape crime scenes. An inquiry based on primary source interviews, case studies and a literature study will provide in-depth insight into and information about the significance of evidence recognition in child rape cases.

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