As 16 Days of Activism kicks off, the Institute for Security Studies says in order to reduce violence in society, we must start by tackling violence against children.
Earlier this year the organisation rolled out a campaign called #WeCommit highlighting violence committed against children.
Joanne Joseph spoke to Chandre Gould, from the ISS to find out more.
Research conducted recently found that children living in Soweto and greater Johannesburg who had been followed from a very young age until they were adults now, found that only 1% of that sample of people had not experienced violence in their lives. In other words, children in South Africa experience high levels of violence...— Chandre Gould, Senior Researcher for the Crime Justice And Politics Programme at Institute For Security Studies
She says corporal punishment is found to be one of two contributing factors to children going on to become either perpetrators of violence or victims.
We know from the Optimus study conducted a few years ago, found that 1 in 3 children in South Africa have been the victim of violence at the hand of their caregivers. That is not only beatings, it also includes corporal punishment and emotional abuse, both of which are found to be contributing factors...— Chandre Gould, Senior Researcher for the Crime Justice And Politics Programme at Institute For Security Studies
Click on the link below to hear more from Gould....