Frankel Eight commended for their bravery and courage

Director of Women and Men Against Child Abuse, Miranda Friedmann says they are pleased with the court's decision to declare Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act unconstitutional and invalid.

She says that more and more adults who were abused as children are now coming out and speaking against their abusers.

Read: Court declares existing time limit on sexual abuse cases invalid

Society is moving in a way that it understands and it doesn't question in a way that it used to - why only now.

Miranda Friedmann, Director of Women and Men Against Child Abuse

Friedmann commended the so-called Frankel Eight for their bravery and courage. This is a group that came out and claimed they were abused by Sydney Frankel, a Joburg stockbroker in the 1980s.

Unfortunately, Frankel died of cancer before their case could be heard.

It is almost two years since they spoke out...They opened themselves to the public.

Miranda Friedmann, Director of Women and Men Against Child Abuse

Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act stated that a case cannot be brought against a person accused of sexual abuse if the alleged incident happened over twenty years ago.

But all that has now being changed.

To hear more of this interview, please listen below:


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