child abuse

Apartheid era security policeman’s daughter lays historical child abuse charges against father

The daughter of Joao (Jan) Rodriguez, the apartheid-era policeman accused of murdering teacher & activist Ahmed Timol in a 1971 staged suicide, today laid charges of historical child abuse against her 80-year old father. Tilana Stander today decided to go public about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands [Read More]

Sexual play vs Sexual Abuse – what is healthy and what is reason for concern

Sexual exploration and sexual play are a natural part of a child’s development, and may involve: motivated by mutual curiosity with no pressure or power play involved interested in similarities and differences between their bodies and others showing their genitals to others touching each other’s genitals peeking or catching others [Read More]

Mandatory reporting of child abuse in South Africa: Legislation explored

M L Hendricks MA (Clinical Psychology), MPhil (Applied Ethics), LLB, is the principal clinical psychologist at Stikland Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, and a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, Cape Town ABSTRACT Legislation concerning mandatory reporting of child abuse [Read More]


2018: The year that set new standards for the way we look at child abuse

As 16 Days of Activism ends, Women & Men Against Child Abuse reflects upon 2018… …as another year of 365 days of activism that has given us not just the same disparaging number of new cases, but also some very positive rulings and events that have shown that South Africa [Read More]