n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Criminal justice outcomes in child rape : a case flow analysis

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The present study involved a case flow analysis of 200 South African child rape cases as they progressed through the criminal investigation and judicial prosecution systems. Data for the study were obtained from a consecutive sample of 200 child rape survivors presenting for medico-legal assessment at a Crisis Clinic located in the North Durban area of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) in the period October 2004 to December 2004. At two year follow-up, 45% of the cases had been referred for prosecution; 16% of cases referred for prosecution had resulted in the offender being convicted; with judicial proceedings having been concluded on average 425 days after the case had been referred for prosecution. The implications for criminal prosecution as a child protection strategy are considered in the light of these findings.

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