Friday, October 28, 2016


One in three females in Swaziland is at risk of sexual violence as a child, an NGO leader reported.

Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) Director Cebile Manzini told media, ‘The fact that one in three females are at risk of experiencing sexual violence before they turn 18 years old means that gender-based-violence (GBV) in Swaziland is a national disaster.’

Manzini said GBV in Swaziland had reached disaster proportions. 

Manzini told media on Tuesday (25 October 2016), ‘No human being should live their lives fearing they might be violated. The dignity, respect for integrity, assurance of safety, protection and justice must be upheld by the state.’

Manzini said without new legislation, GBV in the kingdom would persist and offenders continue to go unpunished. 

Sexual abuse of children in Swaziland is not new. Swazi police said there were nearly 1,000 cases of child sex abuse reported between January 2014 and May 2015.

Swazi culture condones sex abuse of children, especially young girls, and there is little evidence that this is going to change.
Child rapists often blame women for their action.
The State of the Swaziland Population report in 2009 revealed that women who ‘sexually starve’ their husbands were considered responsible for the growing sexual abuse of children.
Men who were interviewed during the making of the report said they ‘salivate’ over children wearing skimpy dresses because their wives refused them sexual intercourse.

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