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When a child is sexually abused by a family member, they face a more severe punishment than someone who is not a family member since they are in a position of authority and trust to the child. A family member of a child can include anyone1:
- Related to them by blood, adoption, marriage, guardianship, or foster care; or
- Someone who has a domestic relationship with the parents or child; or Family members living in the same house as the child.
If a child is being sexually abused by a family member or someone knows about a child being sexually abused in the family, report the crime to the police.
- Section 5(n) & 9(n), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
- Section 6 & 10, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.