The Crime of Sexually Grooming Children, Parents Take note.

The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 section 18 explains the sexual grooming of children and criminalises a long list of acts which all amount to requesting, influencing, inviting, persuading,encouraging or enticing a child (Y)- that is, a person under the age of 18 years, to indulge in a sexual act or to diminish his/her resistance to such acts Eg. Displaying articles to Y that are to be used in the performance of such acts, to display pornography to Y, to describe the commission of any act to Y with the intention to reduce Y’s unwillingness to perform a sexual act, to persuade Y to travel anywhere in order to commit a sexual act there, and to explain or discuss with Y the commission of a sexual act. Section 54(1) of the Act provides that a person who has knowledge that a sexual offence has been committed against a child, must report such knowledge immediately to a police official. Section 54(2) provides that a person who fails to report such knowledge is guilty of an offence.