Despite efforts to achieve a multi-disciplinary, inter-sectorial approach to the criminal justice process, very few rapists are charged due to lack of forensic evidence presented in court (e.g. dockets go missing, reports are poorly written, police go on leave, caregivers are not informed of legal process). Operation Bobbi Bear seeks to promote a structure to enable communities to monitor, intervene and assist the criminal justice process to assert the best interests of child victim of sexual abuse, from point-of-rescue to court hearing (minimum 2 years). Using therapeutic methods to obtain forensic evidence, the Child Safety Officer (CSO) collaborates with the criminal justice system to ensure the rights of child victim of sexual abuse.
The Child Safety Officer (CSO) is trained in Pre- and Post Test HIV/AIDS counselling to assess risk of child at point-of-rescue, and assists and is accountable to child throughout legal process. Our vision is to see two Child Safety Officers in every community of South Africa, trained and equipped "to rescue, represent and reintegrate sexually-abuse children, to minimise risk of HIV/AIDS and to help them towards wholeness."
"Two Child Safety Officers in every community in South Africa, trained and equipped to intervene and assist the criminal justice system to assert the best interests of the child victim of sexual abuse, from point-of-rescue to court hearing and support after court case."