Child abuse has long-lasting psychological effects. In this episode, we discussed the impact of child abuse with SWAGAA’s Child Counsellor, Tengetile Dlamini, where she emphasized how children are the future and by destroying their childhood we are effectively destroying the country’s future.
“There are varying traumatic dynamics that survivors of child abuse experience while trying to deal with the abuse they had to experience under the hands of their loved ones. Their psychological well-being is usually affected as they grow, battling with the confusion of blaming themselves for what happened after realising that they had the opportunity to report the matter to someone they trusted.”
Tengetile shared that the rate of child abuse is generally on the rise in Swaziland simply because less attention is given to the victim by family members or their communities when they report it. Consequently, the perpetrators are encouraged to continue with their abusive behaviour.
“There are varying traumatic dynamics that survivors of child abuse experience while trying to deal with the abuse they had to experience under the hands of their loved ones.”
SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE
- Delayed or inappropriate emotional development
- Loss of self-confidence or self-esteem
- Social withdrawal or a loss of interest or enthusiasm
- Difficulty in walking (in the case of sexual abuse)
If you think you know someone who is showing some signs of child abuse you can connect with SWAGAA in the following ways:
Visit on of SWAGAA’s Counselling Centres
Call our toll free line at 951 (landline to landline)