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By unknown | Sep 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The 14-year-old girl who was gang-raped while attending the Reed Dance has not as yet received counselling - almost a week after the incident.

The girl, from Engoje near Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal, was allegedly dragged into the bushes and raped not far from Enyokeni Royal Palace in KwaNongoma.

The incident elicited wide- spread condemnation across the country.

Her distraught mother, who cannot be named to protect her identity, is worried that her daughter has yet to receive counselling - days after she was raped.

"She is traumatised and locks herself up in the bedroom most of the time," the mother said. "She sobs for hours on end."

She said according to her daughter she had not received any counselling at the St Benedictine Hospital where she was taken for treatment.

"She said blood samples were taken and she was was only given tablets and discharged," the mother said. "She was not even given a referral to receive counselling."

Police spokesman Vusi Mbatha said he would have to investigate why the girl was not counselled.

Most police stations have a centre on the premises where rape victims are counselled.

Mbatha said police stations without such centres refer victims to the nearest hospitals.

"I will have to check if the police station has a centre," Mbatha said.

"Otherwise I will have to personally locate a police station near the girl's residence where she could go for counselling."

Provincial health department spokesman Leon Mbangwa put the blame on the shoulders of the police for failing to make sure that the child went for counselling.

Mbangwa described the incident as unfortunate and blamed the police for not following procedures of referring the victim for professional counselling.

"Doctors and nurses are not equipped with counselling skills," he said. "They only provide medical assistance."


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