Report: In South Africa a child is raped every three minutes
According to a new report by South African NGO Solidarity Help Hand, a child is raped in South Africa every three minutes. This comes down to 530 child rapes each day.
To make things worse, only 1.3 percent of child rapes were reported to the police. "This means that for every reported case, an additional eight child rapes actually take place," said Mariana Kriel, Solidarity Help Hand project director, adding that 45 percent of all rapes in the country were child rapes.
The stats also show that 1 410 children were murdered in 2007/08, and the number of attempted murders on children increase of 22 percent compared to the previous year.
The information of the report was gathered through interviews with other organisation working with children, and also revealed that the number of social workers were decreasing. In 2007, South Africa counted 12 500 registered social workers. Difficult working conditions and poor remuneration packages has resulted in people not willing to follow social work as a career.