Why what we do matters:

The World Health Organisation reports that sexually abused children often suffer a lifetime of physical, emotional, and developmental problems that can interfere with their ability to live productive lives.

Some factual information:

Why does abuse matter?

Sexually abused children may also develop the following:

Child sexual abusers can make the child extremely fearful of telling, and only when a special effort has helped the child to feel safe, can the child talk freely.

Sexually abused children and their families need immediate professional evaluation and treatment; child and adolescent psychiatrists can help abused children regain a sense of self-esteem, cope with feelings of guilt about the abuse, and begin the process of overcoming the trauma. Such treatment can help reduce the risk that the child will develop serious problems as an adult.

For more information go to:

[1] http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/264259 December 2008.

[2] HRSC 13th May 2010

[3] February 8th 2003 Jenny Johnson.www.mirror.co.uk

[4] van As AB, Withers M, du Toit N, Millar AJ, Rode H, H Rode. Child rape -patterns of injury, management and outcome. S. Afr Med 2001; 91:1035-38.[PubMed]

[5] Joan Van Niekerk. Infant and Preschool sexual assault in UK. Sept. 2004

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We are not sending any more toys to South Africa. If you would like to donate then please contact the lovely people at: http://theteddytrust.wixsite.com/home

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.”
You can find the full story at https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/2268-2/
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 .

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