Concern over possible increase in child abuse during lockdown

Concern over possible increase in child abuse during lockdown

Women and Men Against Child Abuse has warned that the abuse of children could increase during the national lockdown period.

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The organisation’s Luke Lamprecht says the lockdown will see children isolated with the very people who are guilty of abusing them.

“Most children are harmed by those who are meant to be caring for them.

If you are parents and have children around you, please understand that you are going to be grouped in the same place with them throughout the lockdown period. Do not use corporal punishment and ask for help if you need it.”

The lockdown, which starts on Friday morning, will see all South Africans staying at home for the next 21 days.

Lamprecht says children who do not feel safe at home should make use of emergency services.

“The most important thing about children in lockdown is not feeling safe in their own home, they must ask for assistance from a local adult whom they can trust to get them help in local authorities.”


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