Violence against children is prevalent in Yemen, study

Yemen, November 2008

SANA’A, nov. 30 (Saba) – A field study showed that violence against children is prevalent in Yemen and that many abused child cases particularly sexually ones are not reported.

The study lately conducted by the Supreme Maternal and Childhood Council on people aged between 19-24 in four provinces: the Capital Secretariat, Taiz, Aden and Hodeida, revealed that 94.4 percent of the surveyed people were subject to violence and abuse in their childhood.

The study, which was conducted on a sample of 1375 university students aimed at identifying the size of the phenomenon of violence against children and diagnosing the reality of it with an analytical scientific approach based on figures and statistics of already available cases as well as following up child abuse particularly sexually and how much abuse spread is according to age group and social gender.

The firs of its kind study underlined bad consequences resulted due to violence against children and effects on future lives of children.

Physical and body harassment came first at 84.4 percent alone or along with other kinds of violence against children, the study says.

Sexual abuse came second at 42.9 percent from the total surveyed sample, while negligence came third at 28.10 percent and finally came psychological violence.

The study says that 6-12 children are the most affected group by various kinds of abuse when children are in age with which they are not capable of self defense.

Physical abuse included stick hit at 66.5 percent for boys and 49.4 for girls in addition to kicking, ear sting and pushing to wall. While sexual abuse included swears scarifying shame as well as curses as well as liking child to animal at 80 percent in addition to body touching, unacceptable kissing and rape.

And the psychological violence is manifested by negligence as well as intense either deliberately or unconsciously, the matter which affects child behavior and risks child life.

Regarding who exercise violence against children, the study says that relatives come first and that school and street come second.

The study affirms that violence against children leads to short-term and long-term consequences including fear in first place at 33 percent, lack of confidence in second place at 31 percent and feeling guilty in third place at 21 percent.

The study concludes that Violence against children results in many problems that affect child health and manners.