Earlier this week Newsbreak Lotus brought you a story about a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a 44-year-old teacher at Phoenix, north of Durban. The latest information has found that the victim was NOT a learner at the school where the educator teaches, but rather a close family friend. This after he allegedly groomed and sexually assaulted the 15-year-old from 2019 until April 2020. Newsbreak spoke with a family member of the girl, who elaborates on the rape allegations.
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Counselling psychologist Dr Akashni Maharaj weighs in,
In light of the recent incidents of alleged child grooming and sexual abuse cases, counselling psychologist Dr Akashni Maharaj says paedophiles usually target young people who they feel are vulnerable and easy to build relationships with. Dr Maharaj says victims of sexual grooming and abuse, if not stopped early on and treated with therapy, could face a quite dysfunctional life.
Dr Maharaj explains how these so-called “groomers” gain the trust of unsuspecting youth and subsequently take advantage of them.
In other news, the South African Hindu Maha Sabha has come under fire for lending support to Isipingo Madrasah Taleemuddeen Institute over Hindu follower, Chandra Ellaurie read more here
Source: Newsbreak Lotus
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