By Cuthbert Otim
Child abuse is on the rise in Soroti city and the neighboring districts compelling authorities there to sound a warning against such unwanted tendencies in society.
This was revealed by the Soroti District Senior Probation Officer, Amos Oluka while in an exclusive interview with this website, Oluka intimated that in most occasions child abuse especially child neglect can be induced by misconceptions about child development and lack of empathy.
He further explained that poor social skills and unloving relationships, Substance abuse, and depression, poverty, a large family and lack of support for single-parent households are the major causes of child neglect.
Apparently Soroti city is chocked with 111 cases of child neglect (Abuse) and 59 of such cases are still pending and 31 of these have been referred to courts of law yet hundreds of unspecified related cases have not been reported to relevant authorities.
Child abuse is almost always preventable. It requires a level of recognition on the part of parents and caregivers. It also requires work from the adults in a child’s life to overcome the challenges, feelings, or beliefs that lead to these behaviors.
However, this work is worth the effort. Overcoming abuse and neglect can help families become stronger. It can also help children lower their risk for future complications, says Oluka
According to the information obtained from Soroti Central police station at the office of the Child and family protective unit, child abuse and neglect was high with over 215 children, abused or neglected in 2016 in the Teso sub region. But many more children may have been harmed in episodes of abuse or neglect that were never reported.
It’s estimated that 1 in 4 children will experience some type of child abuse during their lifetime. Younger than 1 year olds are most likely to be victims of child abuse.
Researchers found those who reported six or more adverse childhood experiences had an average life span 20 years shorter than those who didn’t have these experiences.
Individuals who were abused as children are more likely to repeat the cycle of behavior with their own children. Child abuse or neglect may also lead to substance use disorders in adulthood.
“If you were abused as a child, these consequences may seem dismal to you. But remember, help and support is out there. You can heal and thrive,” Oluka said.