The number of abuse cases reported in Swaziland is on the increase.
The Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) said reported cases in September 2017 were 11.4 percent up on the previous month.
In a monthly report it said the total number of cases reported to it was 127 compared to 114 in August. People were either sexually, physically, financially or emotionally abused, or suffered neglect.
The Manzini region had the highest number of abuse cases with 68; Hhohho had 48; Lubombo, five; and Shiselweni, four.
According to the report, emotional/verbal abuse continues to record the highest number of cases; followed by neglect, physical, sexual and financial.
There were 81 female and 46 male clients and 82 male perpetrators and 43 female perpetrators, the report stated.
The report added parents were the main perpetrators of violence and the home was where most reported cases of abuse took place.
In August 2017, a UNICEF report revealed nearly nine out of ten children in Swaziland suffered violent discipline in the home, nearly four in ten suffered sexual violence and one in three were bullied. UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) reported that much of this was kept secret within the family.
UNICEF said according to national data, violent discipline in the home, which includes physical punishment and psychological aggression, affected more than 88 percent of all children in Swaziland. The study findings also revealed that sexual violence and bullying affected 38 per cent and 32 percent of children in Swaziland, respectively.
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