The Cape High Court last week held that some sections of the Sexual Offences Act did not have any punitive measures nor any stipulated punishment clauses, leaving our children to the mercy of sexual predators who will take advantage of this gross and incompetent omission.
The Act doesn’t have penalties for sexual assault, child pornography, and incest, sexual exploitation of children or “grooming” of children for sexual exploitation. How on earth can this act be a deterrent without punishment? While Nations around the world consider harsh penalties, for instance the death penalty, Chemical Castration and life sentences our Government remains silent and has done nothing to protect our children.
The Film and Publications Board are actively engaging with the broader community to create awareness and are working together with the International Association of Internet Hotlines and thirty other countries curbing the trade in images of child pornography and abuse. Trading in child pornography is a multi-billion rand “business” that is controlled by organised crime around the globe.
South Africa as a rapidly developing country in the technological field and fast becoming a prime trading area for the creating, distributing and possession of child Pornography. But without adequate punishment the Film Publications Board is being frustrated in its mandate by the government. It is reported by the Film and Publications Board that some learners went missing after being “groomed” by paedophiles on their cell phones or email contacts and through “chat” rooms
The paedophile often seeks out shy, handicapped, and withdrawn children, or those who come from troubled homes or under privileged homes. They shower them with attention and, gifts. They Manipulate the child.
Paedophiles target troubled children by becoming their friend, building the child’s self-esteem. They may refer to the child as their special friend.
Appealing to their need to be accepted and understood. The child will be enticed with adult type activities that are often sexual in content such as X-rated movies or pictures. They will offer them alcohol or drugs to obstruct their ability to resist goings-on or recall events that occurred.
It is not unusual for the child to develop strong feelings for the predator and need their approval and continued acceptance. They will compromise good and bad behaviour, and defend the paedophiles conduct. The child victims become attached emotionally to their abusers.
The Single Parent:
Paedophiles often develop a close relationship with a single parent in order to get close to their children. Once inside the home, they manipulate the children – using guilt, fear, and love to confuse the child. If the child’s parent works, it offers the paedophile the private time needed to abuse the child.
It’s high time the Government revised the laws and provide adequate punishments to fit the crime being committed against our children and women
It’s also important for adults to monitor the contents of our children’s cell phones and computers.
A parent recently contacted me after discovering hard core pornography on his grade seven child’s cell phone; our children are being exposed to really evil stuff on the internet and events near to them in the community.
A harsh fact is that the Eastern Cape has a very high incidence of Child on Child rape!