Studies show that one in three South African children have experienced a form of sexual abuse. Organisations such as Save the Children are all working hard to educate people and eradicate abuse.
The international organisation, backed by well-known celebrities such as Terry Pheto, Alicia Keys and John Legend, has a campaign during the 16 Days of activism to shed light on abuse and how it is not only affecting society but the nation’s coffers al well. With such an enormous figure, it is time for everyone to play a part and report abuse or assist children in need.
Dr Lerato Dikobe-Kalane, of the psychiatry management group, highlights how abusive homes affect children’s behaviour and even later in their adulthood. “Children who grow up in families where there is violence may suffer a range of behavioural and emotional disturbances. These can also be associated with perpetrating or experiencing violence later in life.”
Signs that a child is being abused according
Childline offer these guidelines for parents and caregivers
Failure to thrive
Extremely poor self-concept
Unbelievable explanations for injuries
Weary of adult contacts
Apprehensive when other children cry
Frightened of parents and afraid to go home
Absence from school, particularly on Mondays
Reports injury by parents
Lags in emotional and intellectual development
If you fear a child is being abused Contact the police on 10111 or Childline on their toll-free line 08000 55 555.