n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The HOOC board game as preventative measure against child sexual abuse within the South African context

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



The escalating incidence of child sexual abuse must be reduced as far as possible by a multi-faceted approach, including effective prevention programmes which facilitate disclosure and empower children. Insufficient South African research on prevention programmes and preventative measures are available. The researcher developed a board game as part of the Hands Off Our Children Campaign (HOOC) to foster the prevention of sexual abuse within a multi-ethnic context. The HOOC board game, being practical and educational, has the goal of teaching children self-protective behaviours that can lower their probability of being abused. A representative sample of 1697 grade four learners, nine to twelve years of age, were selected from the Metropole East region in the Western Cape. In order to determine the educational impact of the HOOC board game, the results of the children on the Children's Knowledge of Abuse Questionnaire-Revised (CKAQ-RIII) in the experimental and control groups were compared. Performance on the test was also compared with ethnicity. The study focuses on the applicability of the HOOC board game as a preventative measure against sexual abuse within a multi-ethnic society.

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