Die belewenisse van 'n minderjarige seun rondom die aanmelding en hantering van beweerde seksuele misbruik : 'n gevallestudie
The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of a minor boy regarding the reporting and management of alleged sexual abuse. The researcher follows a qualitative approach and an intrinsic case study method. A minor boy and his mother were the participants in this study. Data was collected by means of a document analysis and all court records, applicable to this case, as well as the case file contents of the designated social worker were analyzed. Data was analyzed according to themes and a number of results could be drawn from it. From this research it was clear that reporting of alleged sexual abuse should be done as soon as possible after the first disclosure. Reporting should be done to a professional person with the needed expertise and experience regarding forensic assessments. A solemn declaration at the nearest police station and medical investigation should follow reporting. If the correct reporting procedure is not followed, children are exposed to multiple assessments and extended court processes which may lead to secondary trauma. Furthermore, an alleged perpetrator might not be held responsible and may never be prosecuted.
- Humanities