Background

This study evaluated the impact of the SPARC (Support Programme for Abuse Reactive Children) on changing gender-related attitudes in order to prevent child sexual abuse.

By addressing risks and preventing behaviors regarding potential recidivism of child sexual offenders in Johannesburg, The SPARC programme aims to empower low- to medium-risk child sexual offenders to understand the consequences of their behavior and equipping them with skills and psychosocial resources to change. By intervening with youth who exhibit sexually offensive or inappropriate behavior as early as in childhood, the programme actively works towards breaking the cycle of abuse, through preventing these children from becoming adult sexual offenders.