‘Abused boys reluctant to speak’

This follows the rape of an 11-year-old Cape Town boy a week ago.

FILE: A children's rights activist says young boys who are victims of sexual abuse are reluctant to speak out. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - A children's rights activist says young boys who are victims of sexual abuse are reluctant to speak out.

This follows the rape of an 11-year-old Cape Town boy a week ago.

Police are still searching for a suspect, who's only known as Frankie.

Joan van Niekerk says boys are scared of telling anyone they are being abused.

"They feel very exposed in a court situation as do all children but boys in particular obviously. So you do have this problem."

This was the second child to be raped in the Western Cape in two weeks.

A 9-year-old Delft girl was raped and set alight earlier this month.

Meanwhile, an anti-rape organisation in the Helderberg area has expressed concern about the number of rapes being reported in the area.

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of Bredarsdorp teenager Anene Booysen who was brutally attacked, raped and murdered in 2013.

Anti-rape group Patch says it's alarmed at the number of rape cases it's currently dealing with.

The organisation's Ada Buys says, "We can go up to 81 referrals per month in our area. We're a small area from Gordons Bay to Macassar. Can you really think that if it's 81 referrals in a month, then it's four children a day that are being sexually abused."