The Minister of the Department of Social Development, Ms Susan Shabangu, recently led the launch of a week-long campaign called National Child Protection Week (CPW) which was from 27 May until 3 June.
Without many people not even knowing it, children from Mkhondo are suffering from various forms of violence and it is up to all of us to protect the children of Mkhondo and keep them safe at all times.
With the astonishing rate of reported sexual offences against children in Mkhondo, which includes rape, the time has come for the community to take hands and protect the young ones at all costs. The following 10 concerning statistics were recently made public:
- 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 8 boys will be sexually abused before they are 18 years old
- 85% of sexual offenders are known to the child
- 84% of sexual victimization of children under 12, occurs in a residence
- 3 to 8 years is the most likely age for children to be exposed to a sexual assault
- Up to a third of reported offences are committed by adolescents
- 71% of sexually abused women were abused before the age of 12 years
- In 98% of reported child abuse cases, the child’s statement was found to be true
- 1 out of 3 adults would not believe a child if they disclosed sexual abuse
- 73% of child victims will not tell anyone about the abuse for at least one year and 45% of them will keep quiet for more than five years or worse, never tell anyone
- 81% of men and women in psychiatric hospitals suffered physical or sexual abuse and sadly, 68% of them were abused as a child. A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child. Where can you get help?:
- SAPS Crime Stop – 08600 10111
- Gender Based Violence Command Centre – 0800 428 428
- Stop Gender Violence Helpline – 08600 150 150 (SMS *120*7867# from any cellular phone)
- Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA) – 011 975 7107
- Childline – 08000 55 555
- National Crisis Liné – 086 132 2322
- SA National Council of Child Welfare – 011 339 5741
Children are amongst the most vulnerable individuals of a society and therefore need special protection. They depend on adults to care and protect them so, please lend a hand and protect our children!