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Device helps rape victim break her silence

Date: Aug 27, 2020

University of Pretoria’s communication device helps rape victim break her silence

Yesterday I spoke of a harrowing story of a minor with disability, who was sexually assaulted by Elvin Davids. Davids was found guilty of raping the girl who suffers from cerebral palsy when she was just seven. The girl - who is known under the pseudonym of Charné - has speech problems. It took seven years to get the case to court. A social worker refused to give up and with the help of the University of Pretoria; they developed a tablet that allowed the survivor to testify. Charné testified over a period of four days using the tablet. Davids will be sentenced today. We now speak to Professor Juan Bornman, Director of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria, who was part and parcel of developing this ground breaking communication tool. On #SAfmBTH with Bongi Gwala spoke to Professor Juan Bornman, Director of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria

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