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




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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