YOUTH AND CRIME: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE VICTIMS CHARTER......................Back to News

A Focus on Youth in Schools

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Violence in South African schools is a problem that confronts us on a daily basis. In 2006, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) convened public hearings on ‘ School-based violence ’. The HRC Report revealed that ‘ schools are the most likely places where children would become victims of crime .’ Further, the report revealed the extend of violence in schools; with predominate cases of sexual violence, assault and robberies, reported to officials.

Media reports in 2007 highlight some of the horrific cases of young boys killing each other. Families are destroyed and in cases where children witness violence, they live in fear, often limiting their social skills and academic ability .... Read the full report.