n South African Medical Journal - Medicine and the law : standards for the reporting of sex/sexual activity of minors in a research context : forum

Volume 100, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



While there are no specific protocols for dealing with reports of sexual abuse of children, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act of 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007) clearly stipulates that, in the event of a report of sexual abuse by a child or any other person of the abuse of a child, the relevant person has the legal (statutory) obligation to report such abuse to the police; and that it replaces previous legislation where reporting could be done to a social worker or the police. According to the Child Advocate, a disclosure by a child (specific child, specific offender) is sufficient to require such reporting.

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