FROM PAGE 1: Abuse becoming more violent

2015-12-03 06:00

THE Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society (TCW) and residents took to the streets to call for activism against abuse which TCW says is becoming more violent, especially against children.

According to TCW social worker manager Jo Moodley there are more child-related deaths and cases of violent abuse against children than before, hence the need for action against abuse is growing.

“Although this is 16 Days of Activism, the fight against abuse needs to be 365 days a year. The figures are increasing and cases of abuse especially with children are getting more violent in nature,” said Moodley.

The biggest problem faced in the fight against abuse is silence and fear.

“These are the biggest problems which need to be overcome and a stance needs to be taken where you want abuse to be stopped so you follow through the procedures to get help and ensure the abuse is stopped,” said Moodley.

She said the types of abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual and financial.

“You are never too young or old to get help,” said Moodley.
“We have an increasing number of cases of elderly people being abused because their children take their anger and frustration out on them.
“Abuse against men also exists and men should not be ashamed to come forward because it is a reality”

She urged people who are being abused to open cases or report abuse to the police if they are aware of any incidents.

Moodley said various organisations are working together with the SAPS and TCW to combat abuse of all natures.

“There are things that people who simply want to help fight abuse can also do like joining the awareness campaigns, volunteer at organisations or volunteer at the help desks if you have the expertise,” said Moodley.

Another placard demonstration is planned for the 10 December and the TCW has invited the community to be a part of the event.

The demonstration will be held from 7am-8am at the Pie City robots in the Tongaat CBD.

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