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Clinic advises parents following Bob Hewitt sex scandal

"Confrontational tactics may cause more harm than good when dealing with sexual abuse and violence."

20 October 2011 | Brian Mchunu

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These were the sentiments of the clinic director of the Teddy Bear Clinic, Ms Lizette Schoombie following allegations in the national and international media that mothers in South Africa and America claimed that former Bedfordview tennis coach and international tennis star, Bob Hewitt (71), had sexually abused their children. He now lives in Addo.

Ms Schoombie said that parents should be vigilant and open to their children about sexual matters.

“Most paedophiles groom their victims. They make them feel gorgeous and important. They buy them gifts and praise them even for minor reasons. Then they incite them against their parents and friends. This is when the young people feel the world revolves around these paedophiles,” said Ms Schoombie.

She said that parents need to know the nature of the relationship their children have with other adults.

“You need to act if your outgoing child suddenly becomes an introvert or become more aware of her sexuality. These are some of the things that should ring a bell,” said Ms Schoombie.

She reminded parents that boys can also be victims of sexual abuse.

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