PATCH / Helderberg Child Abuse Centre

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Daily, there are on average, two children sexually abused in the Helderberg area. The majority of the children reported to PATCH are young girls, the youngest being only 5 months old.

PATCH, the Helderberg Child Abuse Centre in the Western Cape, South Africa, aims to support all child victims of sexual abuse in the Helderberg and strives to prevent the incidence of this horrific crime committed against innocent children.

We believe that every child victim of sexual abuse is entitled to immediate crisis intervention, free professional therapy in his/her home language at a facility close to the child victim's home, and preparation for their court case.

PATCH has seven offices in the Helderberg basin adjoing Cape Town where assessments and therapy is offered to child victims of sexual abuse by qualified social workers and counselors who live in the community served by PATCH. PATCH also has a 24 hour crisis center at the local hospital where children are supported through their medical examination should they have been raped. PATCH also have employees who carry out the much needed awareness and prevention programmes in surrounding schools within the Helderberg. The focus of these programmes is to encourage children to come forward and report their case of sexual abuse.

PATCH Primary Goals: 

  • To create awareness of child sexual abuse in the Helderberg area.
  • To increase the rate of disclosures of sexual abuse.
  • To deliver a comprehensive 24 hour crisis intervention service to child victims of sexual abuse during their medical examination.
  • To provide pre-test HIV counseling
  • To provide access to PEP treatment (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) in order to prevent HIV and/or STD’s (Sexually transmitted diseases).
  • To provide free professional therapy to child victims of sexual abuse in their mother tongue at a facility close to their home.
  • Prepare children for their court cases.
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