Teenagers and alcohol don’t mix. What are parents’ responsibilities to ensure that their children don’t abuse alcohol? We give a variety of tips in our Community Safety feature in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.
Tennis star Bob Hewitt found guilty 30 years after committing sexual abuse against those he coached. Read the details about what had happened in the Crime Series published in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.
Sexting – the exchange of sexual messages or images – is a reality in schools. Teachers and learners are perpetrators and it is important to know about the dangers. Read our article in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.
Teenage alcohol abuse combined with sexting can have devastating & deadly consequences. Parents need to get involved to prevent their children from becoming victims. Read our article in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Over the Easter weekend of 2017 the world was shocked when a video was uploaded to Facebook, showing the 74-year-old Robert Godwin being gunned down by a stranger on 16 April 2017 in the US city of Cleveland. In the video, the suspect, Steve Stephens, boasted that he had killed more than a dozen other victims, but police have not yet been able to link him to any other victims or incidents. The police searched for Stephens, but on 18 April 2017 he committed suicide by shooting himself after a worker at a drive through fast food outlet recognised him and alerted police. The question that has been asked ever since is whether the Stephens incident is an example of a "snuff film" or whether Stephens was simply recording a murder.
Child trafficking in the spotlight
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Abby, a 14-year-old girl from a poor family, was walking in the street when a man approached her and told her that she is beautiful. He said that he could open doors for her to become a world famous model who will earn lots of money which will enable her to support her family. She was flattered and, with a promise of a better life, she accompanied him. He promised her a well-paying job in a big city and said that he would take care of all her documentation. Before she knew what was happening, she was in another city. But instead of modelling, she was being held captive, facing daily abuse at the hands of her trafficker. She was drugged and forced into prostitution. Nothing came of the promise of becoming a world famous model earning huge amounts of money. Abby's story is not unique - she is one of thousands of children worldwide who end up in a hell of drugs and prostitution as victims of one of the world's most evil and shameful crimes: human trafficking.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Child pornography has found a welcoming home on the Internet, as it provides a place for individuals to create, access and share child sexual abuse images worldwide at the click of a button. These criminals prefer to use the Internet since they can go about their illegal business anonymously and privately. They can also be directed to others in an inexpensive way, such as through websites, e-mail, chat rooms, newsgroups, bulletin boards, peer-to-peer networks and social networking sites. Then there is also the potential of real-time and interactive experiences for which webcams, video chat rooms and social networking sites are utilised.
Offenders can connect on Internet forums and networks to share their interests, desires and experiences in abusing children, in addition to selling, sharing and trading images. The child pornography market exploded after the advent of the Internet and is one of the fastest growing online markets. DeGarmo (2017) argues that it is a multi-billion dollar online industry, with more than 100 000 sites dedicated to the crime. The Internet has enabled child pornography to grow as an industry, and it is used as a tool to escalate this already disturbing crime.
- Will the bullying ever stop? Can we bullyproof our children?
Compiled by Annalise Kempen
Social media has made a huge contribution to creating awareness of bullying - not only physical or verbal bullying, but also cyberbullying. The reality is that every single person is a potential victim. It is no longer only the girl with the pimples or the overweight boy who are teased, bullied and left out of activities.
To confirm the point, let's look at what happened at a well-known Johannesburg high school after a video of an assault was posted online in February 2017. In the video, two boys are being shown standing nervously next to each other as two other pupils prepare for the assault. One of the older boys, who is in Gr 11, is shown carefully taking off his blazer and rolling up his shirt sleeves. He then proceeds to slap one of the younger boys hard on the ear. The other bully, also a Gr 11 learner, does the same to the second victim. The two younger boys, who are in Gr 10, stumble backwards but do not fight back.