Male listeners share stories of abuse after teacher scandal

Child abuse is back in the spotlight this week as Gauteng Department of Education suspends a Johannesburg high school teacher for being allegedly involved in a transactional, sexual relationship with a grade 8 pupil.

A caller from Katlehong during the Eusebius McKaiser show talked about a 10-year-old boy being abused by his step-mother.

Other male listeners called in sharing their personal experiences of child abuse and how these traumatic experiences affects their lives as adults.

I'm 50 now. And I wasn't even aware how bad this affects a person. And people who do this don't understand that this is a child, and a child is a human being. They may not be able to articulate the pain they are feeling, but they are feeling it.

Sifiso, caller in Soweto

I grew up in the 70's and apartheid was rife. They had to take me to live with relatives. There is this privilege given to some children, and when that happens another one get demeaning jobs at the house. The kind of punishment you get is not equal to your siblings. When I grew up I had to disengage myself from anyone who was involved. But I also realised that now I have trouble relating to people because of it.

Sifiso, caller in Soweto

I am also one of those who grew up in a family where you were cared for by your step mother, and it's difficult when you are treated differently. It completely destroys your emotional being as a human. As you grow you lack confidence.

Russel, caller

The most difficult thing is that whenever I have these dinners and get-together with people around I can't relate with people freely. Most of the time I relate at professional level, but social side I'm completely destroyed. It's a difficult time, I don't want to lie.

Russel, caller

Listen to the audio below for more callers' stories...


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