Children's Health

WCape police struggle with sexual abuse case load

Last year alone, 1 732 children were raped in the Western Cape. That is according to figures provided by the Child Protection Unit in the province. The CPU says when dissected the figure accounts for 866 cases of rape committed on girls younger than 18, plus an equal number of rapes on boys of the same age group. However, the figure could be higher. The statistics record some 2 469 cases under a category of “Rape and Attempted Rape of females under 18.” It’s anyone’s guess how many girls represented in this figure were actually raped. Yet, these figures only reflect cases that have been reported to the police.

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Khopotso Bodibe