Solidarity Helping Hand (3 June 2009)
While about 60 cases of child rape are reported in South Africa every day, more than 88% of child rapes are never brought out in the open. This means that about 530 child rapes take place every day – one rape every three minutes.
This is the finding in a report on crimes against children, which will be released by Solidarity Helping Hand tomorrow.
According to the report, the levels of child abuse in South Africa are increasing rapidly.
The report also highlights the severe shortage of trained social workers and the difficult working conditions they face. Certain organisations, such as Childcare South Africa, work with more than 2 million children and their families on a daily basis. This means that the average social worker handles nearly 200 cases each year, while the accepted norm is 60.