GHJRU and partners launch first-ever study on extent and impact of child sexual abuse in South Africa
Although South Africa has a strong research infrastructure, no nationally representative study on the extent or impact of child sexual abuse currently exists. To fill this gap, the UBS Optimus Foundation recently commissioned a three year national prevalence and incidence study on child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Africa. This study, undertaken by a consortium comprising the GHJRU, Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP), and the University of Cape Town, was designed to capture data on:
1. The annual incidence and prevalence rates of child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Africa.
2. Child sexual abuse within the context of other forms of maltreatment and violence.
3. Identifying the extent and nature of other forms of child abuse and violence, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and exposure to other forms of violence, such as peer victimization, criminal violence and witnessing violence.