Services for child sexual abuse lacking.


To the Editor: Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a major public health and human rights problem in South Africa, and we fail in our responsibility to protect the victims. More than 22 000 child rapes and attempts were reported to the police in 2006/2007;1 with the degree of under-reporting, the true magnitude could be more like 200 000. The immediate and long-term psychosocial and health consequences of CSA and its impact on the child and the family are devastating.2 Recovery depends on post-disclosure support, but specialised skills and services are required to reduce long-term psychopathology.3

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@article{Abrahams2008ServicesFC, title={Services for child sexual abuse lacking.}, author={Naeemah Abrahams and Shanaaz Mathews}, journal={South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde}, year={2008}, volume={98 7}, pages={494} }