Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Volume 3, Issue 1, 2002
Volume 3, Issue 1, 2002
The South African press : should they be part of a coordinated response to child sexual abuse or are they part of the problem?Author Steven J. CollingsSource: Child Abuse Research in South Africa 3, pp 2 –5 (2002)More Less
Author Carel Van WykSource: Child Abuse Research in South Africa 3, pp 6 –13 (2002)More Less
This article is a literature study in which the potential differences between sexually abused boys and girls is investigated and described. The findings indicate the following: More girls than boys are sexually abused, and more cases are reported by girls. Girls are more often sexually abused in their own homes, mostly by their stepfathers or other family members, whereas boys are more often sexually abused by a person outside their family, for instance by a person in a man-boy love group or a person involved in a sex ring. Boys are more threatened and involved in force and violent sex, and more often experience problems with their sexuality and confusion regarding their sexual identity as well as emotional and behavioural problems after the abuse than girls do. Boys are more often sexually abused by a younger offender. Sexually abused boys present aggressive and explicit behaviour more than girls with the same level of trauma. Girls react more positively to reflection on and discussion of their trauma during therapy than boys. When boys are willing to talk about their abuse, they handle it in a factual manner, in detail and as if it is somebody else's problem. These differences indicate a need for differentiation in therapy for sexually abused boys and girls.
Uit die literatuur blyk dit dat sommige navorsers van mening is dat die psigodinamika van seksueel misbruikte seuns en meisies verskil, onder andere ten opsigte van die voorkoms, ouderdom, tipes seksuele misbruik, die oortreder en die psigososiale gevolge van die seksuele misbruik. Hierdie aspekte het dan ook tot gevolg dat daar 'n verskil is/behoort te wees in die terapeutiese hantering van die verskillende geslagte.
Author Karen HollelySource: Child Abuse Research in South Africa 3, pp 14 –18 (2002)More Less
It is widely accepted that children who testify in court experience some form of trauma related stress caused by the formality of the court experience. The support person has been introduced in some jurisdictions, usually at the discretion of the court, to relieve this stress. This support person should offer comfort and emotional support throughout the child's testimony. In this article the role of the support person is examined on both a national and an international level and issues relating to caution when introducing this individual into the court process are discussed.
Author Pixie Du ToitSource: Child Abuse Research in South Africa 3, pp 19 –24 (2002)More Less
The most profound change in communication since the invention of the printing press has been the development in the electronic media, especially the internet. Many people purport not to understand and indeed to feel overwhelmed by the new technology which, while it brings many benefits, also has the potential for doing harm. It opens new doors to artistic, social, intellectual and political expression. However, the ability to reach a wide audience with little or no regulation also results in a proliferation in various forms of communication which many may find harmful or offensive. This article intends to serve a general informative purpose by focussing on the scenario of child pornography on the internet, its dangers and the actions taken to limit its harmful impact on children, as well as the difficulties of imposing sanctions against it on the internet.
Expert testimony in cases of child sexual abuse : does it assist judicial officers to arrive at the truth?Author T.J. RaulingaSource: Child Abuse Research in South Africa 3, pp 25 –31 (2002)More Less