Kraaifontein police are investigating a case of rape after a 12-year-old girl was allegedly attacked while visiting family in Wallacedene a few months ago. The incident came to light when it was discovered that she is pregnant.
Police spokesperson Capt Hein Hendricks says the revelation came after the child fell ill.
“The little girl was taken to hospital on Monday 16 March and it was discovered that she is pregnant,” Hendricks says.
“After interviewing the child, it was discovered that she was raped by someone a few months back while visiting family in Wallacedene.”
He says officers in the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit are still following up on leads to trace the alleged rapist.
Hendricks urges young victims to report incidents as soon as possible.
“Victims can report these incidents to their parents, teachers or even their nearest police station.”
Speaking to Tygerburger, Themba Masango of Not In My Name; a social movement advocating for men to protect women condemns this “violent and evil” act and calls for swift action from police.
“When found, he should be granted no bail and should receive the harshest sentence,” Masango says.
He further says such crimes destroy families and the child’s future.
“After the ordeal, the child is left to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. We call on the courts that when the perpetrator is arrested and sentenced, there should be no option for parole.”
Masango says organisations involved should make sure that the child, as well as her family receive the support they need.
“It must be made sure that the child understands that it is not her fault and that she can still have the life that she has always dreamt of.”
He calls on men to speak out against gender-based violence.
“We need to kill the rape culture and the only way this can be done is if we stand together.
“These men destroy the image of men in general and that is where the whole #MenAreTrash comes from,” Masango says.
He says the movement has rolled out programmes all over the country where young boys are mentored.
“We believe that a neglected boy is a potential perpetrator.”
Childline provides over-the-phone and web-based counselling to children.
National executive officer Dumisile Nala says they receive a lot of child-related cases daily, most of those being from abused and neglected children.
“We also have centres which provide therapy to children who are being abused,” she says.
“These therapies make sure that matters of this nature are properly recorded and can go through the courts in the correct matter.”
Nala further says these kinds of incidents are common.
She also warned that the extended school break because of the Covid-19 pandemic could make children more vulnerable to abuse. “This, with children not going to school because of the virus and many parents not being able to afford to pay for someone to look after their children.
“When playing in the streets, teach your children to always stay in groups. This will make it difficult to fall victim to the perpetrators,” she says.
Communication on the Childline helpline is free and strictly confidential.
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