Media Statement

13 December 2018

Courts should not disregard the evidence of experts in trials involving victims of child sexual abuse

The Teddy Bear Foundation hereby wishes to clarify its position in regard to the court judgment in the child abuse trial related to the AB Xuma Primary School in Orlando Soweto in which the accused was acquitted on the charges.

The Teddy Bear Foundation has noted the judgement and welcomes the National Prosecution Authority’s decision to appeal the matter.  In his judgement Judge Peet Johnson referred to the child victims being coached.

The Teddy Bear Foundation notes that at no stage was there an opportunity for coaching the children. The forensic assessment ascertains the veracity and credibility of the child. The questions are open ended.  The evaluator acts in a neutral capacity not aligning him/herself to any single party.  The clinical findings and observations are presented in a report to the court.  The court preparation process reinforces children with speaking the truth and telling it as it happened.  The counsellor has no knowledge of the case and does not go into the merits of the case.

The Teddy Bear Foundation has been conducting forensic assessments and court preparation for over 20 years and its services have been applauded and well received by all the role players over the years.

Executrain Golf Day for the Teddy Bear Foundation

Xolani runs the Virgin Money London Marathon for The Teddy Bear Clinic

Personal message

On Sunday 23rd April, 702 breakfast’s Xolani Gwala will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon! It’s a journey that he committed to wholeheartedly and has been putting in the miles and doing the training to get race day ready.

As host of a current affairs programme, Xolani is exposed to some of the very best, but also the very worst stories and issues affecting our society. One issue that he cannot abide is child abuse and he hopes to use his journey at the Virgin Money London Marathon to help improve the journey to healing of many young child abuse victims enabling them to shift to survivors, through the Teddy Bead Clinic.

The Teddy Bear Clinic provides specialized care, protection and support to these young survivors and their families  to make that healing possible by minimizing the affects of abuse.  All these services are provided free of charge.  This ensures all children have access to our services. The cost of providing these services to 1 child is R 13 446. These services are unique as they are multi-professional interventions, in other words 1 child receives the services of many professionals.