The Issue

What is Child Sexual Abuse?

When a child or young person is sexually abused, they’re forced or tricked into sexual activities. 

They might not understand that what’s happening is abuse or that it’s wrong. And they might be afraid to tell someone. 

Sexual abuse can happen anywhere! It happens in places like homes, neighbourhoods, schools, and youth sports environments, but it also occurs online, such as child pornography or communicating in a sexual manner by phone or internet.

Child sexual abuse is not the problem of just one socio-economic status, culture, race, religion, or gender. It impacts EVERY community and EVERY person across the globe.

90% of abused children know their abuser

People who abuse children look and act just like everyone else. Research shows that the greatest risk to children doesn’t come from strangers, but from people known to children. In fact, they often go out of their way to appear trustworthy, seeking out settings where they can gain easy access to children, such as schools, sports teams, faith communities.


It’s never a child’s fault they were sexually abused. It’s important to make sure children know this!

Forms of Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse takes on many forms and not all of them physical. It includes contact and non-contact acts.


  •  the sexual touching of any part of a child’s body, whether they are clothed or not
  • using an object or body part to penetrate (rape) a child
  • forcing a child to engage in sexual activities
  • making a child undress or touch someone else


  • exposing or flashing
  • showing a child pornography
  • making a child watch sexual acts
  • making a child masturbate
  • making, viewing, or distributing child abuse images or videos
  • forcing a child to take part in sexual activities or conversations online or through a smartphone

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. 💜💗 Your support will be more than appreciated.🙂

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 😄😃😀 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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