107 cases of abuse re­ported in 2 months

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Samke­lisiwe Khoza

THERE were 107 cases of abuse re­ported in just two months.

Ac­cord­ing to data col­lected from the Swazi­land Ac­tion Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA), 19 fe­males were sex­u­ally abused in the months of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber with one male teenager.

SWAGAA Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Ad­vo­cacy Of­fi­cer Silin­dele Nxumalo said at least one in five women aged 15 to 49 are phys­i­cally abused by their part­ners.

She said the coun­try is known as a peace­ful one, how­ever, the high in­ci­dence of vi­o­lence had detri­men­tal ef­fects on peace and se­cu­rity as well as its ef­fects on hu­man devel­op­ment prospects.

She noted with con­cern that most fe­male vic­tims of in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence were pre­vi­ously vic­timised by the same of­fender. Nxumalo added that not a day goes by with­out news re­ports of grue­some re­ports of vi­o­lence and other cases which go un­re­ported.

Nxumalo said most Emaswati still hang on to tendlu the tibi men­tal­ity, which leads to un­count­able num­ber of vi­o­lence in­ci­dences never re­ported. She said fam­i­lies should stop pro­tect­ing per­pe­tra­tors and com­mu­ni­ties should also come up with means to cre­ate plat­forms of dis­cus­sions and also use tra­di­tional sys­tems to pro­tect sur­vivors.

More­over, she shared that the two months ex­pe­ri­enced an ex­ces­sive num­ber of ne­glect cases, of the 107 re­ported abuse cases, 52 fell un­der ne­glect abuse.

She elab­o­rated that ne­glect is re­ferred to the on­go­ing fail­ure to meet a child's ba­sic needs and is the most com­mon form of child abuse. The of­fi­cer said a child may be left hun­gry or dirty, with­out ad­e­quate cloth­ing, shel­ter, su­per­vi­sion, med­i­cal or health care.

“A child who's ne­glected will of­ten suf­fer from other abuse as well. Ne­glect is dan­ger­ous and can cause se­ri­ous, long-term dam­age, even death,” Nxumalo added that un­der ne­glect abuse, a child may be put in dan­ger or not pro­tected from phys­i­cal or emo­tional harm. She also said they may not get the love, care and at­ten­tion they need from their par­ents.

Mean­while, Nxumalo urged the na­tion to re­port all sorts of abuse to the po­lice, SWAGAA and other abuse and anti-vi­o­lence cen­tres. Type of abuse Fe­males Males To­tal Phys­i­cal 10 6 16 Sex­ual 19 1 20 Ne­glect 28 24 52 Emo­tional 12 7 19 TO­TAL - 107

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