n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Sexual abuse of deaf children : a comment on incidence and prevention

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



Sexual abuse of anyone is horrific. The trauma of victims and their families never ends and the younger the victim, the longer the suffering. Complicate the situation with a child that has a communication problem such as deafness and you will usually have a sex offender who escapes justice in spite of fact the child may have identified him/her. This creates more of an emotional problem for the child and its family and gives the deaf community the idea that justice is not for all.

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