Younger & younger - SA's rape victims
As the age of rape victims become younger the Tygberbear Foundations says sexual violence is a vicious cycle.
CAPE TOWN - The TygerBear Foundation for Traumatised Children and Families on Tuesday said it is an unfortunate reality that child rape victims in South Africa are becoming younger.
The foundation, based in Bellville, attributes the rampant abuse of women and children to an increasingly disgruntled and angry society. The organisation provides assistance and counselling to abused minors.
Helene Louw, who has worked as a social worker for three decades, admitted it is becoming an everyday reality to see babies younger than one years old who have been sexually assaulted or molested.
Louw said she believes many perpetrators have been victims at some point in their lives. She added many victims and their families are hesitant to come forward as the stigma of rape is still prevalent.
She also said there have been many recent cases of teens abusing pre-schoolers.
"We see more and more kids at a very young age molested by other children."
Louw said she believes it is going to be difficult to reduce child rape statistics as the cycle of abuse is passing from one generation to the next.