MXit survey highlights abuse

2009-12-09 10:58

Sixty-four percent of young South African adults say they either

know somebody who has been abused, or have experienced abuse themselves,

according to a survey conducted by communications company MXit.

“The result is very disturbing because it highlights the level of

abuse prevalent in South Africa,” a company statement said.

“A more alarming statistic is that 55% of the youth surveyed have

not taken steps to get help or to report the crime.”

Juan du Toit, international marketing manager, says the survey also

shows that those surveyed do not know where to turn to for help, or are too

afraid to do so.

MXit hosted a special “16 Days of Activism” chat room for young

people to open up, realise they are not alone, and to seek help.

Childline SA was also invited to assist with sensitive queries and

69 000 MXit users downloaded the Childline contact to seek assistance.

DJ Suga hosted a celebrity chat to talk to her fans on Tuesday and

encourage people to seek help if they had been abused.

“Abuse is not the norm, nor is it accepted – and young adults

deserve to know this,” says du Toit.

The survey results will be handed to Parliament as supporting

documentation to highlight youth issues at the Youth Summit in Parliament next

year.


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