The experiences of caregivers whose children disclose child rape.
Nkabinde, Brenda Nozipho.
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The purpose of this research was to examine what the caregivers of raped children experience in the aftermath of child rape disclosure. Nineteen caregivers were drawn from a Treatment Centre, for child rape victims, using purposive sampling. Information was gathered from them by means of focused in-depth interviews that were conducted by a qualified psychologist and the data collected from these interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. According to the findings of this study, caregivers reacted emotionally, physically, and psychologically to rape discovery. What was feared by most caregivers was that their children might have contracted HIV during the rape incident. Most caregivers also complained of the service rendered by the police and considered it to be the worst as compared to that provided by medical staff. When it comes to coping strategies, most caregivers seemed to have been assisted by the Treatment Centre in dealing with rape disclosure. This suggests a need for the development of more such Treatment Centres which are readily accessible by the public.