n South African Medical Journal - Termination of pregnancy and children : correspondence
|Article Title||Termination of pregnancy and children : correspondence|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||210 - 211|
|Keyword(s)||University of Cape Town|
To the Editor: Recent articles addressed the duty of health care professionals and researchers to report sexual activity involving children. They discuss the interpretation and practical implications of section 54 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act No. 32 of 2007 (Sexual Offences Act), which requires that 'a person who has knowledge that a sexual offence has been committed against a child must immediately report such knowledge to a police official'. The articles give guidance on the circumstances under which health care professionals and researchers, respectively, should report child abuse and who to report it to. However, it is of concern that some of their arguments seem to be based on a misinterpretation of section 56(2) of the Sexual Offences Act.
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