Sexual victimisation of children in South Africa: Final report of the Optimus Foundation Study

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Sexual victimisation of children in South Africa: Final report of the Optimus Foundation Study – Resources

Organisation/Publisher

Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention

Author(s)

Lillian Artz, Patrick Burton, Catherine L Ward, Lezanne Leoschut, Joanne Phyfer, Sam Lloyd, Reshma Kassanjee, Cara Le Mottee

Publication date

01 Jun 2016

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Patrick Burton

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01 Jun 2016

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Description

This report presents the findings of the Optimus Study conducted in South Africa. This study was designed specifically to estimate the annual incidence and lifetime prevalence of child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Africa. Prior to this, no nationally representative data on the extent or impact of child sexual abuse existed.

In order to obtain a comprehensive picture of the nature, extent and impact of child sexual abuse in the country, the study drew on two data sources: firstly, a population survey that was conducted with a sample of 15- to 17-year-old adolescents recruited nationally from schools (4 086 participants) as well as households (5 631 participants), and secondly an agency component that consisted of a series of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with frontline staff and agency directors servicing the communities or geographical spaces identified through the sampling process.

Through a thorough exploration of these areas, the study identifies where resources can best be targeted, provides a local evidence base for the development of effective interventions, and identifies whether intervening in one form of abuse or neglect might also have the potential to address other forms of violence.

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