Children are so innocent, I don’t know what kind of animals would ever want to hurt them, those monsters who stole these children’s innocence, leaving their lives like living hell. They lost their childhood, they are forced to have knowledge of things way before their time. This is so outrageous, and whoever commits this kind of crime deserve a serious punishment.
My Piece of Sky by South African Photojournalist Mariella Furrer shed light on this horrific global epidemic of child sex abuse. Furrer, who was herself a victim of child sex abuse, documents the country’s great scourge and interviews with more than a dozen survivors who had been subjected to unthinkable acts of depravity.
Those shocking and heart-breaking stories she record in her book is really gut-wrenching, they were only children for god’s sake! How could those possessed creatures dare to hurt them!
Heart to heart: Tinka Labuschagne, a senior education specialist, hugs a 10-year-old girl who has been sexually abused, raped and sodomised by her brother and two of his friends since age six
Too young: Professor Lorna Jacklin, a neuro-developmental pediatrician, begins a forensic examination on a sexually abused 2-and-a-half-year-old girl. Asked to lie down for the checkup, the toddler spread her legs as she had been taught to do by her tormentor
Creative outlet: A child’s drawing at the Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children in Johannesburg
Hand in hand
Life’s work: South African photojournalist Mariella Furrer spent a decade documenting the child sexual abuse epidemic by interviewing survivors and sex offenders, which resulted in her new 700-page book My Piece of Sky
Visible scars: The mutilated legs of Susanna, 24, who at age 8 was initiated into a satanic cult where she was subjected to rape, sodomy and bestiality
Chris is driven to the Police Child Protection Unit in Cape Town in March 2004 so that a social worker could try and get a statement from him as he was too scared to talk to the investigating officer. He never disclosed what happened, so the perpetrators never went to trial
Epidemic: A 2009 report stated that a child is being raped every three minutes in South Africa
Traumatized: A young girl who was forced to play sexual games with a 9-year-old relative attempts to flee a doctor’s room before a medical forensic examination at the Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children in Johannesburg
Crackdown: Task team members prepare to raid an apartment in Johannesburg in 2004 where they suspect children are being forced into prostitution
Gone: Volunteers from all over Pretoria are debriefed before beginning to search for Sheldean Human, a 7-year-old girl who vanished in February 2007 while playing with a friend
Aftermath: A classmate of Sheldean Human weeps at her memorial in March 2007. The 7-year-old’s decomposing body was found in a storm drain 15 days after her disappearance
Recovery mission: Inspector Stroppie Grobbelaar and his dog, Fargu, search nearby rivers and dams on the outskirts of Johannesburg for the body of a child named Kamo
Taking a stand: Protests outside the court where Andrew Jordaan, charged with 7-year-old Sheldean Human’s murder, is scheduled to appear
Public outcry: Members of the ANC Women’s League at the funeral of 3-year-old Sibongile Mokoena, who was raped and murdered in 2003 in Soweto
Victimized: Friends and relative comfort Lebohang Mokoena, the aunt of a girl named Sibongile, who went missing while in her care in November 2003 in Soweto