NGO: More kids being sexually abused in WC

In a month, over 300 children are sent through counselling while 160 rape victims are treated in hospital.

In a month, over 300 children are sent through counselling while 160 rape victims are treated in hospital. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Mitchells Plain organisation said it counsels up to 300 children a month who have been sexually abused in the area.

The Western Cape Social Development Department, social workers and NGO's participated in a walkabout in Beacon Valley on Monday, aimed at highlighting child protection issues.

It was done to mark International Missing Children's Day.

Patricia Williams works for Safeline in Mitchells Plain.

The organisation assists children who are victims of sexual abuse between the ages of two and 18-years-old.

Williams said social workers who are handling these cases are battling with the number of cases they receive on a monthly basis.

"These kids were sexually abused by their parents or it's a gang member or it could be the siblings or the nieces. Mostly the cases we have is incest."

She said they want to create awareness to alert the community about the horrific attacks on children in their area.

RAPE VICTIMS

At the same time, the Victoria Hospital said its forensic unit sees 160 cases of trauma every month and 60 percent of these are rape victims.

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo opened the newly revamped unit on Monday.

The Health Departments Monique Johnstone's said, "The unit sees per month, 160 cases of which 60 percent are victims of rape. The reason for the opening was to create awareness that this facility is available."

Meanwhile, the search for a missing Cape Town girl continues.

Six-year-old Sasha-Lee November went missing early this month.

She was last seen playing near her Hanover Park home.

The Hanover Park Civic Association's Igshaan Nazier said, "We've come to a point where we're running around like chickens without heads. So we decided that we will stop the search during the day, it's been going on now for eight days, until we've found further clues."

Her mother said the family was distraught and praying they would find her alive and well.

Sandra November said she initially thought her daughter slept over at her neighbour's house.

But a day after her disappearance, when she went to the neighbour's house, they told her that the child had not spent the night there.

She immediately went to the police station to report her daughter missing.

She said she has not been able to sleep or eat since her daughter's disappearance.

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