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Court asked to step in, in case of 12-year-old alcoholic rape survivor

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The girl was orphaned at five, raped at seven, and is now addicted to snuff and alcohol, prompting advocates to ask the court to protect her from her family and get her the help she desperately needs.

A Free State advocate acting on behalf of an “incredibly vulnerable” 12-year-old girl – who was orphaned at five and raped at seven – has approached the court in a desperate bid to force the state’s hand and ensure the child gets the help she needs. Identified in court papers only as ‘R,’ the girl has never been to school. She suffers with epilepsy and learning difficulties and is also addicted to snuff and alcohol. Her childhood has been marred by abuse and neglect and, says the advocate, the state has failed her. She was born with fetal alcohol syndrome,...

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