oa South African Medical Journal - The prevalence of child sexual abuse in South Africa : the Optimus Study South Africa - guest editorial

Volume 108 Number 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The Optimus Study South Africa[1] provides nationally representative data on the extent and impact of child sexual abuse in South Africa (SA).

In this study, 9 717 adolescents (ages 15 - 17 years) were recruited nationally from schools (n=4 086) and households (n=5 631). The definition of sexual abuse used in the study was highly inclusive, including both the range of abuses defined in existing sexual offences laws and those children and adolescents have identified to be sexually intimidating, abusive or exploitative in previous studies (e.g. being forced to view pornography).

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