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Child rapists profiled

By Katlego Moeng Crime Reporter | Oct 26, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 16 ]

WHAT kind of men rape children, especially children younger than 36 months old?

Men who lack positive role models, says Dr Amelia Kleijn, who interviewed 10 men serving sentences around the country for raping children under the age of three.

Kleijn, a practising social worker with extensive experience with victims and perpetrators of gender-based violence, will present her study - "The demographic profile and psychosocial history of a group of convicted perpetrators of the rape of children under the age of three years" - at the annual Institute for Security Studies Crime Conference today.

"What stands out with the 10 men I interviewed and such offenders broadly, is the lack of positive role models - someone who can show or teach them that there is something better, beyond their current circumstances," she said.

"I'm not talking of a 'Mandela-like role model'. I mean a teacher, brother, uncle, father, religious leader or taxi driver. Any man who can show a boy an alternative way to behave. That is the one element that seems to separate these men - the lack of such a role model."

Kleijn said millions of South African men have grown up in hardship, many have grown up in single-parent households, have experienced abject poverty, but do not turn out to be rapists or abusive people.

She said all the child rapists she interviewed were driven by feelings of revenge and their actions were triggered by an incident that sparked anger.

"One of the men said he raped a baby because he was angry that his kettle was stolen," she said.

She said all the men she interviewed did not have a high school education, or did not finish primary schooling. Others did not go to school at all.

They were beaten severely as children.

They were not employed for the two years preceding the rape though they tried their best.

They were angry at the injustices of the world and one day something happened that made them snap.

Kleijn said she spent a lot of time with the men, one of whom laughed and exclaimed: "I do not know, lady," when asked if he did not fear that he would suffocate a toddler while raping her.

"This clearly illustrates the mark of a psychopath - someone who has no remorse or empathy for others," Kleijn said.

She said one of the men she interviewed raped a two-and-a-half-year-old child after his drinking buddies made a joke about his mother's genitalia.

She said the jokes, the rapist admitted, angered but also aroused him.

"Another, who had three children of his own, raped his three-month-old niece because he was jealous of his sister," Kleijn said.

The man said he could not stand that his sister was able to better provide for her child while he couldn't take care of his children.

Kleijn said often the men were related to the child and angry at people related to the child.

She said her research dispelled the myths that this kind of crime started post-1994 or was related to cleansing rituals to cure HIV.

- moengk@sowetan

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Dr Amelia Kleijn,
You can't be serious.

Oct 26, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies

ONE WILL ARGUE THAT ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS THAT INFLUENCE YOU UPBRINGING...BUT THE REALITY IS THAT TURNING INTO A CRIMINAL IS BASED ON LIFE CHOICES WE MADE ON YOUR EARLY CHILDWOOD....

Oct 31, 2012 3:39 | 0 replies

THANK YOU DR AMELIA FOR UNLEASING THE TRUTH. NEXT TIME WHEN YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH YOU MUST TRY TO INCREASE THE SAMPLE SIZE ASTHIS MY NOT BE A TRU REFLECTION OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SOUTH AFRICA. AND WE MUST NOT DRAW A CONCLUTION THAT ALL CHILD RAPIST AND MOLESTERS ARE PEOPLE WITH SECONDARY EDUCATION DOWNWARDS.

KIND REGARDS

JOSSY THE MAN

Oct 31, 2012 3:32 | 0 replies

I dont understand why a full man can rape a 3 month old baby, what is he geting there? in fact his intention is not to have sex but to hurt, help them my GOD

Oct 29, 2012 9:54 | 0 replies

This is bullkak! I was raised by a single parent, I dis not have a role model, not even a 'Mandela-type' but I do not get an edge to penetrate 3 year-olds! They are just rapists!

Oct 29, 2012 8:42 | 0 replies

what really atract a man from a 3 months old baby, how can you even think of doing it with a 3 moths old baby devilish acts

Oct 26, 2012 2:24 | 0 replies

Dr Amelia please advise the ANC to change the constitution klaar and dont come with stories here what is the use of talking while these rapists are busy distroying the future of those young children and the same ANC is keeping these animals in hotel like prison to be fed by the very same victims families with their tax that's nonsense

Oct 26, 2012 1:54 | 0 replies

Tabza325is

A pedophile is a pedophile. They don't become baby molesters because they didn't finish school or because they were beaten or because they came from single parent families. It is as ridiculous as saying that someone becomes a murderer because they were potty trained to young.

The fact that our police service is completely incompetent means that the pedophile who rapes the kid next door is easily caught but the many, many executives (who the police can't be bothered to investigate), they just carry on. It is no secret that kiddy porn is normally distributed through the computers of very high up people but very few of them are ever caught

Oct 26, 2012 1:27 | 0 replies

@MommaC
Dr Amelia Kleijn,
You can't be serious.

The doc is just reporting on her research, but this is no excuse, anyone that can hurm a child that young should be put down like a dog with rabbies, they are mad. Most young black men in SA grow up without any positive role model, I grew up in Tembisa and most guys we looked up to were car thieves( Magintsa) but some of us turn out good, it's the choices we make during our hardship as young men that determines the out come of our future, some guys toke wrong decisions and some of us made proper desicions, it all boils down to whats happening in our heads and heart, if one is evil then they will make desicions based on how evil or compassionate they are.

Oct 26, 2012 12:40 | 0 replies

MophemeKoPitori
Child rapists suffer from one thing only: Not valuing their parcels in their pants!!! They should converted to OXEN if u knw what i mean.
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Mara vele how do you think of raping a 2 year old child

Oct 26, 2012 12:13 | 0 replies

@Mophemo

Yes, CASTRATE them, bl@dy savages

Oct 26, 2012 12:7 | 0 replies