Police statistics show that in a period of one year from 2011 to 2012:
- 50 688 children were victims of violent crime in South Africa (reported crimes ONLY).
- 758 children were victims of attempted murder. (±2 per day)
- 793 children were murdered. (±2 per day)
- 10,630 children were victims of assault and with grievous bodily harm. (±29 per day)
- 12,645 children were victims of common assault. (±34 per day)
- 25,862 children were victims of sexual offences against them. (±70 per day)
1 in every 5 incidents of sexual abuse happened in schools. One third of the people who raped children were teachers.
Approximately 1 in every 4 children had experienced some form of physical punishment (smacking/corporal punishment).
15% of all learners experienced some form of violence while at school (based on a 2008 study) IN school. This is perpetrated by other children in the school of the same age (peers), older children, or adults in the school (eg: teachers).
There are three major types of violence that children experience in schools: sexual violence, corporal punishment, and bullying.
Why people don’t report
Many crimes against children, especially violent crimes, are not always reported to the police. There are many reasons for violent crime not being reported but often it is because:
- The child is too young to report the crime (or tell someone what happened).
- Children are afraid to speak up because they fear the criminal.
- Police departments and/or welfare departments short staffed which could lead to cases not being addressed.
- Child abuse cases can, in some instances, require specialised skill, which is not always available within Government Departments leading to cases not being managed correctly.