SECTION27 institutes legal action against education and police authorities for their collective failure to deal with the sexual abuse and harassment of learners.

SECTION27 institutes legal action against education and police authorities for their collective failure to deal with the sexual abuse and harassment of learners.

SECTION27 represents the Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children, an organisation that responds to incidents of sexual abuse against children and the parents of two children, one of whom was…

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SECTION27 welcomes Minister Motshekga's additional support to Limpopo

SECTION27 welcomes the decision by the Minister of Basic Education to send four senior managers to Limpopo to provide support in identified critical areas and thereby turn around the education crisis in the province.

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GOVERNMENT FAILURE TO PROTECT LEARNERS FROM SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOLS

24 May 2012

Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) and SECTION27 are horrified by the pervasive and endemic sexual violence perpetrated by staff against learners in South African schools. We are particularly concerned that we are seeing a systemic failure to protect and respect the victim and to punish the perpetrator in such cases. We call upon the justice system, the police, the Department of Education, the South African Council of Educators, trade union movements and teachers and management to whom this violence is reported in schools across the country to improve the response to this violence and to cease protecting teachers who commit acts of sexual violence against learners.

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