n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The role of solo sex rings in the abuse of children in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa




In a file review of 1 818 cases of child sexual abuse reported to a provincial hospital in KwaZulu-Natal during the period 2001 to 2003, it was found that 97 cases of abuse (5.3%) involved solo sex rings. Sex ring activity was reported by 4% of girls (with there being no significant change in this percentage over the three year period) and by 23% of boys (with there being a significant increase in this percentage over the three year period). With respect to sex ring involvement, the modal age of victims was 6 to 11 years with the modal offender being a stranger or a person who was not well known to the child. These findings are discussed in terms of their implications for intervention and for further research.


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