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'Child abuse still a big problem'

A child rights group said despite programmes to curb child abuse, it was still a problem.

Child abuse. Picture: Supplied
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CAPE TOWN - A child rights group on Tuesday said despite various programmes to curb child rapes and abuse, the scourge is rampant.

Molo Songololo said the Western Cape remains the province where the highest number of crimes committed against children is recorded.

The latest statistics showed that 28,000 sexual violations against minors were reported last year.

The organisation's Patrick Solomons said children were vulnerable, especially in poorer communities.

“Most of these crimes are happening within our under-resourced and poor communities. It is those communities where we have a lack of child protection services.”

Solomons said many children were not safe in their own homes.

“More importantly there are other factors that impact in making children’s homes unsafe. This is dysfunctional parents, substance abuse and domestic violence.”

(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)

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