Infant rape is happening all over the place, not just in South Africa

  ...  all these examples are from the BBC website

England - Law chief reviews baby rape terms. 2006

Two babysitters who raped a 12-week-old baby are to have their jail sentences reviewed by the Lord Chief Justice.

Alan Webster, 40, and his girlfriend Tanya French, 19, both from Hatfield in Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to rape. Webster and French raped the baby girl and took photographs of the abuse.

Scotland - Judge to decide paedophile's fate. 2004

Sheriff Mackie [Scotland] said that Aitken made "a conscious decision" to collect images of young girls and infants being cruelly raped, sodomised and forced to perform oral sex.

Zambia - Should child rapists be castrated? 2004

Zambian police say that 400 cases of child rape were reported in the first half of 2003 - a 68% increase on the previous year.

Wales - Man jailed for attempted baby rape

A north Wales man has been jailed for life for the attempted rape of a baby girl. 2002

France - French test 'chemical castration' 2002

Now almost a quarter of male detainees in French jails - or 8,200 people - are sex offenders and nearly three-quarters of those have raped small children.

These are just some of the many examples of abuse of very small children, the numbers may not be as high as in South Africa, but it is just as brutal and just as appalling.

Lesley Rudd


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We are proud and honoured that our work has been recognised by the UK Prime Minister, and that he has given Lesley his Point of Light award, stating
With the Infant Trust Lesley has empowered thousands of women across South Africa to protect and safeguard children in their communities. The education and training she has provided has helped to improve the lives of over 800,000 children, tackling the violence and abuse that affects too many of them in their early years. As we mark International Women’s Day this week I am delighted to recognise all that Lesley has done.”
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Why are so many small children abused by male perpetrators in South Africa? Our researcher interviewed 27 perpetrators in prison in South Africa; all are in jail after being found guilty of some of the most terrible crimes against some of the most vulnerable children – some as young as a few days old. Those interviewed are all men aged between 16 years and 84 years old, and all have brutalised and raped at least one child. But the findings aren’t maybe what we might expect – it makes interesting reading.  We have been funding research into this for 5 years and it is finally finished and published – you can read the summary here

Our flagship Caring for Crèches programme has reached into some of the poorest communities in five of the nine provinces in South Africa and we have crèche leaders everywhere clamouring for the training. We have now trained over 2,200 people and they in turn have already positively impacted on the lives of over 160,000 children … and will continue to help many hundreds more children for years to come

Just once in a while, amongst all the amazing work that is done to help children in South Africa, we come across a shining star. One such is Wilhelmina who determined to setup a refuge for abandoned children.
Newsletter The report from our most recent visit to South Africa

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