This article describes a study undertaken in South Africa which attempted to determine the impact of AIDS on the family. The research investigated family dysfunction, focusing on core family functions. Real-life stories (narratives) concerning three families in the North West Province, who had lost members of their families to HIV / AIDS, are described. The article concludes by highlighting the challenges schools face to support families affected by HIV / AIDS. The study also provides recommendations and guidelines for teachers.
The purpose of this note is to investigate : the courts' approach to victim harm, prevailing judicial perceptions of the harm caused by sexual offences against children, as well as behavioural research findings of the harm caused by these offences.
Domestic violence is a serious social concern although its true extent is not known. Legislative efforts to curb domestic violence were first introduced in the early 1990s. The International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS) was recently conducted in the greater Johannesburg area in South Africa. This survey provided an opportunity to explore the broader picture of violence in the area, and included interviews with victims of sexual abuse and assault committed in domestic circumstances. Apart from a general overview of domestic violence, this article analyses victims' experiences - especially those of women and children (young persons), the underreporting of domestic violence to the police, as well as victims' views on the role of the police in domestic violence.
The purpose of this article is to focus on the emergence, as well as the nature, extent and complexity of paedophilic activities on the Internet. The necessity for scientific research designed to curb Internet paedophilia in South Africa is discussed and an overview is provided of contentious concerns arising from the use of the Internet, such as children gaining access to adult pornography, children being portrayed in child pornography, as well as the risk of children being approached by paedophiles via the Internet.
This article provides an overview of contemporary trafficking in human beings, specifically children. The overview encompasses trafficking in Africa, southern Africa, and South Africa. Three pieces of pending South African legislation dealing with trafficking in persons are analysed and proposals designed to improve that legislation are offered, from the perspective of prevention, prosecution, and protection of the victim.