n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Temporal trends in the nature and scope of reported cases of child sexual abuse in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383


This study examines temporal trends in a sample of 5 308 child sexual abuse survivors who reported their abuse to a state hospital in the North Durban area of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) during the period January 2001 to December 2006. Contrary to findings reported by Childline (South Africa), the present findings indicate that : there has been a moderate (22%) increase in the incidence of child sexual abuse in the period 2001-2006, the average age of survivors presenting for medico-legal assessment is increasing, most sexual offenders are over the age of 18-years, child sexual abuse incidents are not becoming more violent, and there has been no significant increase in the proportion of sexually abused children who are gang raped. These findings are discussed in terms of their implications for practice and for further research.

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