The news about child sexual abuse: A systematic analysis of reports in the South African English-language press

Nicole Corbella1, Steven J. Collings1
1School of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Cite this article:  Corbella, N., & Collings, S. (2007). The news about child sexual abuse: A systematic analysis of reports in the South African English-language press. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 35, 387-398.

Volume 35 Issue 3 | e1581 | Published: April 2007 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2007.35.3.387

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The extent and representativeness of child sexual abuse reporting in the South African English-language press were examined. Baseline data for the study comprised a complete record of all cases of child sexual abuse reported to the police in the North Durban Policing area (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) from January 2001 to December 2004, with newspaper reports of child sexual abuse being obtained from the 2004 online archives of a South African English-language newspaper. Study findings indicate that press coverage of child sexual abuse is negligible (i.e., an index of crime-news coverage of less than 1%), with the nature of cases covered by the press being largely representative of the types of cases reported to the police.
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