Anti-abuse group calls for speedy resolution to child abuse case

The organization has raised concern over a 16-year old who has suffered abuse from family members.

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JOHANNESBURG - Women and Men against Child Abuse are calling for an assault case to be heard as soon as possible, saying that the 16-year-old girl at the centre of the abuse continues to be threatened by her family members.

The Alexandra teenager was assaulted last month by four female family members, who also provoked a dog to bite her.

The teenager's mother has obtained a protection order against the relatives after they continued to threaten her.

But the organisation's Miranda Friedman says this case is dragging on.

"We really need to see that this actually starts on the 26th of October, the day of the trial and we are not going to wait any longer. She has exams coming up. She needs to get on with her life and unfortunately what looks like something that started as family hostility has actually become a criminal case of abuse."