According to records, the district registered an increase of child abuse cases from 2,082 in 2018 to 20,653 in 2019. Last year, the cases rose to 25,439 cases and this year alone Kasese has so far recorded over 22 child abuse cases.
Kasese District is grappling with a surge in children abuse
The cases include defilement, rape, neglect, torture among
others. According to records, the district registered an increase of
child abuse cases from 2,082 in 2018 to 20,653 in 2019.
Last year, the cases rose to 25,439 cases and this year alone
Kasese has so far recorded over 22 child abuse cases.
Zainabu Asiimwe the District Probation
and Social Welfare officer says the situation is disturbing. She says
that the cases might be much higher with some going unrecorded or concealed by
the parents and leaders.
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She blames the cases on poor parenting, high poverty levels and
school drop-outs which has exposed the children to their tormentors. Asiimwe is
also cognizant of the fact that some leaders have supported child marriages
under the guise of culture.
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Asiimwe wants the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu and all leaders in the district
to speak out publicly and take action against the vices.
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Bigemera Abdu Latif the LCI Muhokya Cell, Muhokya Sub County attributes
violence against children on parents who have abandoned their parenting roles.
He says a number of young children have taken on casual work on Lake George
shores where they are either sexually or physical abused without getting
Earnest Masereka, a Para-Social Worker from Muhokya Sub County and working with
Muhokya HCIII attributes the increase in child abuse cases to domestic violence
that has separated parents.
Some of the children end up staying with a single parent while
others run away from their homes.
But Leonard Masereka from Acholi quarter blames children for
engaging in bad groups at tender ages. He says many street children ran
away from their parent's homes after being persuaded by their friends. These
would later fall victims to abuse without any defence.