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Bonteheuwel rape: Cops hunt 'Frankie'

An 11-year-old Bonteheuwel boy is the latest victim of sexual crimes against children in the Western Cape.

FILE: An 11-year-old Bonteheuwel boy is the latest victim of sexual crimes against children in the Western Cape.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police say the rape of an 11-year-old boy in Bonteheuwel is receiving top priority.

The child was sexually assaulted at the weekend.

Police say they are determined to track down the suspect, who is known only as 'Frankie'.

So far they've struggled to make headway and have appealed to the community to come forward with information.

The latest sexual crime against children has been condemned by Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz.

"We also want to urge all our communities to expose these perpetrators of rape and sexual violence."

At the same time, a nine-year-old Delft girl who was raped and set alight is expected to undergo surgery soon.

She was discovered alive by community members less than a month ago, lying next to the R300 after the brutal attack.

A man has since been arrested in connection with her attack and abandoned his bail application in court earlier this week.

FIGHTING FOR RAPE SURVIVORS

Meanwhile, a rape counselor has told Eyewitness News helping survivors rebuild their lives is the most rewarding part of her job.

The woman, who only wants to be referred to as Michelle to protect her clients, wiped away tears, describing the journey she takes with rape survivors as challenging but nonetheless rewarding and fulfilling.

Michelle's eye welled-up as she talked about the success stories of some of the women she's helped counsel over the past eight years.

"These are happy tears. I am just remembering some of those faces."

Michelle said the women she counsels are from all walks of life and said the transformation that occurs in survivors of sexual assault during the counseling process is astounding.

She said at first they were broken on the inside, withdrawn and had little confidence. But through the sessions, they were able to laugh and be themselves again.

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