Physical violencePhysical violence

Adolescents experiencing corporal punishment at school

Despite the legal prohibition of corporal punishment in schools in South Africa since 1997, the use of corporal punishment in schools continues to be widespread.

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Adolescents experiencing physical abuse

Surveys allow us to capture experiences of physical violence at any point during a child's life, including those incidents that have not been reported to authorities.

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Common assault against a child

Assault refers to a physical attack, beating or the threat of an attack. Many of these incidents are not reported to the police.

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Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm

This form of assault involves the intention to cause serious physical harm to a child. The high number of reported cases is indicative of the extreme nature of violence faced by many children in South Africa.

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Child murder

Murder statistics are seen as reliable because the presence of a body makes them difficult to dispute or manipulate. But some child murders remain hidden, such as when deaths due to abuse are attributed to natural or accidental causes; or when infants are 'dumped' or abandoned after birth.

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