Confronting the problem

SOURCE: Sexual abuse of young children in southern Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2004
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Dawes, L.Richter
SOURCE EDITOR(S): L.Richter, A.Dawes, C.Higson-Smith
KEYWORDS: CHILDREN, SEXUAL ABUSE
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2660

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Abstract

How does one begin to understand and response to the high level and brutal nature of sexual abuse of young children in South African and elsewhere in the region? What is it about our societies that render so many children vulnerable to abuse? What is it that induces perpetrators from all walks of life to sexually abuse pre-pubertal children, even infants, often with appalling violence? This volume and chapter seeks to provide a space for such reflection.