A chain letter has been distributed claiming that young children in South
Africa have been raped by men with AIDS. The chain letter continues to
claim that the government is closing the South African Child Protection
Unit, and urges recipients to sign a petition.
However, the truth is that the South African Child Protection Unit is not
being closed down. In fact, it is being expanded.
The South African Child Protection Unit has published information about
this chain letter on its website.
The text of the chain letter typically reads as follows:
Subject: FW: Child rape petition - pls pls sign
Last week a 3 year old girl (in South Africa) was beaten and raped. She is
still alive. The man responsible was released on bail yesterday. He is
walking the streets. If you are too busy to read this then just sign your name and
forward this on. The Government is planning to close the child protection
unit and this is a petition against it. This is a very important
petition. It is an essential part of the justice system for children. You may have
already heard that there's a myth in South Africa that having sex with a
virgin will cure AIDS. The younger the virgin, the more potent the cure.
This has led to an epidemic of rapes by infected males, with the
correspondent infection of innocent kids. Many have died in these cruel rapes. Recently
in Cape Town , a 9-month-old baby was raped by 6 men. Please think about
that for a moment. The child abuse situation is now reaching catastrophic
proportions and if we don't do something, then who will?
Kindly add your name to the bottom of the list and please pass this on to
as many people as you know. If you are signature no.: 120 - please forward
the mail-list to email@example.com Please don't be complacent,
do something about the kids of South Africa . You can make a difference.
That child is fighting for life. This is just one of the million cases of
child abuse, so please pledge your support and help keep CPU (CHILD
PROTECTION UNIT) open. Please give your support to the petition and ensure that it
goes to as many people as possible. Please don't just leave it, make a
difference. In order to write your name copy this message and paste it in a new mail
(compose). Or click on forward and add your name to the list and send it on to others.
Again, if you are number 120 please send this to