THE IMPACT OF LEGISLATION ON CHILDHOOD SEXUALITY IN SOUTH AFRICA
Keywords:child sexuality, sexual behaviour, socio-legal analysis, non-deviant sexual development, disparate age classifications
The purpose of this submission is two-fold. Firstly, it undertakes a socio-legal analysis of child sexuality and sexual behaviour. The goal of the analysis is to confront, albeit synoptically, common-held misperceptions, both legally and socially, on the subject of childhood sexuality. Secondly, the submission considers how legislation and judicial interpretation has responded to the expression of a child’s sexuality in South Africa. The legal and judicial analysis is centred on the categorization of age, and queries the wisdom of confining normal, non-deviant sexual development in terms of disparate age classifications as expressed in South African Legislation.
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