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Father of rape survivor urges parents to educate children about rape and HIV

The father says incidents like these are becoming the norm because families don't speak about it.

Picture: Stock.XCHNG.

CAPE TOWN - The father of a 12-year-old rape survivor says parents must educate their children about sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS.

The boy was attacked and raped in May in Atlantis.

His alleged rapist is a convicted child rapist who had been out on parole at the time of the child's rape.

The boy's father, who cannot be named, says the whole family is hurting because there is still the chance the child could be HIV positive.

The father says incidents like these are becoming the norm because families don't speak about it.

"Because our parents don't speak to their children about these things that make sense in kids' lives. And that's what I'm trying to do with my kids, because my parents did it with me. They taught me these things. We don't talk to children about AIDS or rape. Many people get raped but they don't want to speak about it."

The 24-year-old accused made a brief appearance in court on Friday.

He will remain in police custody until his next court appearance in August.