Abuse and hunger await millions of South African children, according to a new report. The report paints a grim picture of the treatment of children at the hands of the adults who would be expected to care for them.
In some communities, the report says, more than half of the children have been abused on a long-term basis by caregivers, teachers or relatives.
The responsive approach to dealing with violence against children, the report contends, does not decrease its incidence and is expensive. A preventative approach is advocated.