The Need

In days gone by, and possibly even today in many instances, the view has prevailed that children should 'be seen and not heard'. The time has come for our children to be seen and to be clearly heard. The cries of our abused and exploited children must no longer fall on deaf ears or on deaf minds. - Nelson Mandela 1996

Reality on the ground

Current state, What we are facing

We have common responsibilities

The Children's Act 38 of 2005 amended March 2010 section 110 (1) provides guidelines for reporting abuse:

"Any correctional official, dentist, homeopath, immigration official, labour inspector, legal practitioner, medical practitioner, midwife, minister of religion, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, religious leader, social service professional, social worker, speech therapist, teacher, traditional health practitioner, traditional leader or member of staff or volunteer worker at a partial care facility, drop-in centre or child and youth care centre who on reasonable grounds concludes that a child has been abused in a manner causing physical injury, sexual abuse or deliberately neglected, must report that conclusion in the prescribed from to a designated child protection organisation, the provincial department of social development or a police official."

Therefore it would be a criminal offence not to assist our children by reporting child abuse; in this case, child sexual abuse. ThinkTwice urges you to stand and raise our collective voice through child safety programmes, training-workshops, campaigns, advocacy and relevant joint efforts to protect our children.