The aim of the study was to examine the effect of consensual versus abusive lexical descriptions of child sexual abuse on the attribution of causal blame and moral responsibility to the victim and offender.
In this article Dr Potgieter reviews the scope and theoretical basis of a forensic model she developed in 1995-96 to assess sexually abused children. Subsequently, she put this model into practice as part of the forensic investigative process at the RP Clinic in Pretoria, where she was director from 1996 to 2001. She provides some interesting examples of results obtained by the various methods making up the model.
The sentencing discretion of courts is controlled by guidelines from courts of appeal and prescribed minimum mandatory sentences. This article analyses the guidelines from the Supreme Court of Appeal in S v Abrahams 2002 (1) SACR 116 (SCA) regarding the role of the presiding officer during sentencing, information on the effect of child rape, understanding and interpretation of the harm suffered by the child and the relevance of sentences before the introduction of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997.
The law is hostage to the knowledge possessed by others; it needs data, good data. It can well do without biases and prejudices of related disciplines. It has enough of its own to deal with. (Allen and Miller 1993:337.)
In this article the author takes a look at American and Canadian decisions regarding the scenario of a virtual world being created by computer-generated pornographic images that appear to be children. The possible relevance of these cases to the struggle against child pornography and the abuse of children in South Africa is indicated.