n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Adjudication of child victims of rape and indecent assault in Gauteng

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This article is based on empirical research of 96 dockets from 10 police stations in South Africa and describes the adjudication of child victims of rape and indecent assault in Gauteng province. It examines the most probable course of events, from the time the rape or indecent assault is reported to the police and the police consider criminal proceedings, to the detention and arrest of a suspect, followed by the charge, bail, prosecution and sentence. The article highlights the evidence and testimony of these children. Attention is also given to the legal processes internationally and the situation in South Africa. The empirical research was conducted in predominantly black residential areas and information was gathered through quantitative and qualitative data capturing techniques. In this study, it was found that the police do not properly investigate sexual crimes against children and that more than half of the cases of rape and indecent assault reported to the police were withdrawn. The study also indicated that more child rape cases were withdrawn than indecent assault cases.

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