By Namra Sarwar
Child abuse is a condition when children suffer with physical and emotional harm, injury, and neglect behavior by the people whom they interact mostly. It can be parents, caregivers, teachers etc.
The World Health Organisation (1999) defines child abuse as:
Child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.
Prevalence of Child Abuse in Pakistan
- The reported cases of Child sexual abuse published as Cruel Numbers by Sahil from 2007 to 2011 reveals that a total number of 10726 children were sexually victimized.
- The report showed that among all the age groups, the number of victims (2617) between the age bracket of 11-15 years are most vulnerable to child abuse.
- According to the findings in a study carried out by UNICEF (2006), in the Pacific countries, sexual abuse victims are generally girls of 7 to 11 years of age.
- The year wise trends in CSA cases over the years show that out of a total of 10726 cases, the victims were 7570 girls (71%) and 3156 boys (29%).