'Closure for rape victims expensive'
Many rape victims cannot afford counselling fees forcing them to deal with trauma on their own.
CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town organisation assisting child abuse victims said on Tuesday many youngsters who are raped live with the trauma forever because there had no means to afford debriefing sessions.
Matla A Bana organisation is attempting to raise funds to pay for the services of private psychologists.
It said government services are virtually non-existent.
Matla A Bana's CEO Monique Strydom said that children as young as four-years-old are left to 'sort themselves out' in the aftermath of rape.
She said, because the state doesn't provide the luxury of a psychologist, parents are forced to find R800 for an one hour session with a psychologist.
The alternative is to simply pretend it never happened and move on.
"A lot of children and women cannot afford to go for help and this affects their lives forever."
The services of psychologists provided by volunteer organisations are also drying up as several Non-government Organisations have shut down due to financial reasons.
Meanwhile, Southern Cape police are offering a reward for information which could help them track down a man who allegedly raped a grade 2 learner at a George school.
The suspect allegedly sexually assaulted a Thembalethu girl in one of the school bathrooms a week ago.
The police's Malcolm Pojie said, "The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made. We are offering a reward for any information that will aid in the prosecution of the suspect."
There is also a reward for information which could lead to the arrest of a man who raped a six-year-old girl at the Thembalethu Multi Purpose Community Centre on the same day.