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Rakai Probation Office, World Vision Decry Surge in Child Abuse

Rakai District Probation and Welfare Officer Joseph Ssendagi says that many of the acts like child labour, excessive physical punishment, and defilement, among others, were mainly perpetrated by family members such as parents and relatives and members of the community. He further attributes the abuses to parental negligence
Joseph Ssendagi, the Rakai District Probation and Social Welfare Officer speaking to URN.

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Cases of child abuse in Rakai district are said to have shot up amidst the ongoing Corona Virus Disease (COVID19) lockdown.

Rakai District Probation and Welfare Officer Joseph Ssendagi says that many of the acts like child labour, excessive physical punishment, and defilement, among others, were mainly perpetrated by family members such as parents and relatives and members of the community. He further attributes the abuses to parental negligence

According to Ssendagi, there are more than 200 cases and defilement alone, a hundred of them reported from Lwamaggwa, Kibanda, Kacheera Kyalurangira, and Kiziba sub-counties. He noted that the abuses may continue rising until the government lifts the lockdown on schools.  

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He says that they are working closely with parents, local leaders, Police and different Civil Society Organisations to address the challenge.

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He says that they are still facing the challenge of suspect-victim connivance and local authorities who resort to managing defilement cases.   Ssendagi adds that so many cases go unreported which gives room to the perpetrators to abuse more children.  

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However, Florence Namakula, the World Vision Programmes Area Coordinator for Lwamagwa sub-county, says the majority of redundant boys spent time watching adult sex movies and pornographic content in local video halls. According to Namakula, access to such sex material has further encouraged children to engage in sexual acts at an early age.  

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She explains that others have impregnated fellow children especially during the lockdown period.   According to Namakula, children who have been exposed to adult content are tempted to engage in sexual activities, imitating what they watch in videos on the various platforms.

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She advised parents to take note of the practice and protect children from such exposure.