You are not alone.

Please call our 24 Hour Helpline 021 852 6110

One of our experienced crisis workers is waiting to assist.Β 

Do you suspect that a child has been a victim of sexual violence?

Did the incident occur within 72 hours?

If so…

  • Do not wash or bath the child
  • Report to a PATCH crisis centre or your closest health facility where an assessment and forensic examination can be carried out
  • Report the incident to your closest police station

If not…

  • Report to a PATCH crisis centre for therapeutic support;
  • Report the incident to your closest police station

Recognising the signs of sexual abuse in children

The signs of sexual abuse in children can be physical and/or emotional.

Physical Signs

may include

  • bruising
  • bleeding
  • redness and bumps, or scabs around the mouth
  • genital or anus.
  • urinary tract infections,
  • sexually transmitted diseases, and
  • abnormal vaginal or penile discharge are also warning signs.

Emotional Signs

may include:

  • sleep disturbances
  • including nightmares
  • unusual fear of certain
  • unusual fear of certain people or places;
  • reluctance to be alone with a certain person
  • changes in mood and/or attitude;
  • lack of interest in friends, sports, or other activities
  • poor self-esteem; avoidance of relationships
  • self-mutilation or change in body perception, like thinking of self or body as dirty or bad
  • suicidal thoughts
  • regression to previously outgrown behaviors, for example bedwetting or thumb sucking
  • too β€œperfect” behavior or overly compliant behavior

Get in Touch!

Are you interested in learning more about PATCH Helderberg and our work?

Please send us a message using the contact form here and we will be in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!



We need to connect with our children. As we cannot visit our child clients, we need to connect with them regularly via WhatsApp or Zoom. Most of them do not have data & we cannot wait out the lock down period without being there for our clients. If you are able to contribute a small amount towards data for our clients, please do so either via snapscan or eft. A small contribution will allow us to continue our services during this challenging time and ensure many, many children do not feel alone or vulnerable, they need us the most right now. πŸ’œπŸ’— Your support will be more than appreciated.πŸ™‚

PATCH-Helderberg Child Abuse Centre, FNB, 53681073433, branch code 200512
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Thank you to the NLC (National Lotteries Commission) for providing us with the funding needed to expand our second hand charity shop. We even have a changing room πŸ˜„πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜€ We are now also able to sell larger items such as furniture, so do not hesitate to contact us should you have a donation you would like for us to collect. You are also welcome to join our Le PATCH Whatsapp Group, simply send a msg to 071 275 0371 to be added. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi All – we at PATCH have a great TO DO ACTIVITY during lockdown –
BLITZ THOSE CLOTHING CUPBOARDS – you have long been saying I have to do a
Cupboard tidy AND NOW YOU HAVE THE TIME ! PATCH needs your previously loved clothing, shoes and other no longer needed items- WE WILL EVEN collect them

Contact :
Amanda Ewen
Fund Raiser Consultant
076 413 1061 or call
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