Child abuse becoming more violent

Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children says violence against children is getting worse.

FILE: Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children says violence against children is getting worse. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An organisation assisting abused women and children says it appears attacks on minors is becoming more violent.

This week marks Child Protection Week.

Shaheema McLeod from the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC) has referred to the abuse of a two-year-old boy in Beaufort West last month, to illustrate just how violent child abuse can be.

The toddler was forced to eat his own faeces, slapped and kicked in the face and burnt with boiling water.

McLeod says it's undeniable that attacks on children are becoming more brutal.

"The factors that attribute to the violence are certainly patriarchy and high levels of substance abuse in the communities."

She says awareness must be driven in all communities because child abuse doesn't discriminate.

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