PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN IN SOUTH AFRICA

SEXUAL VIOLENCE
(COST R28,6 BILLION)

SEXUAL VIOLENCE - (COST R28,6 BILLION)

EMOTIONAL VIOLENCE
(COST R57,5 BILLION)

EMOTIONAL VIOLENCE  - (COST R57,5 BILLION)

PHYSICAL VIOLENCE
(COST R103,8 BILLION)

PHYSICAL VIOLENCE - (COST R103,8 BILLION)

NEGLECT
(COST R6,3 BILLION)

NEGLECT - (COST R6,3 BILLION)

And the physical and emotional cost of abuse is carried forward from one generation to the next. Victims of sexual abuse are 4,9 times more likely to abuse drugs later in life compared to those who were not sexually abused as children. Victims of physical abuse are 1.41% more likely to develop as serious mental illness. Victims of emotional abuse are 1.31% more likely to become obese.

* Artz, L., Burton, P., Ward, C. L., Leoschut, L., Phyfer, J., … & Le Mottee, C. (2016). Optimus Study South Africa: Technical Report. Zurich: UBS Optimus Foundation.