Therapy dogs from Top Dogs are dressed up as role players in the Krugersdorp Magistrates Court to showcase how court proceedings work to children that have to testify in court. In this photograph Napoleon is dressed up as the Witness.
Victim testimonies can be key to securing convictions. They can also be traumatic. Meet the furry friends coming to the rescue.

Note: The statistic cited in this podcast that 1 in 3 South African children will have been sexually abused by their 17th birthday includes consensual acts between 17 and 18-year-olds because of the way the study was designed.

Music credit: Driven To Success – Scott Holmes

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Dhashen Moodley is a freelance podcast journalist based in Johannesburg.

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Danny Booysen is a freelance audio technical producer and has over 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry.