Children are not safe with those closest to them. A report released by police for the year 2019 shows that guardians, teachers and parents top the list of suspects in the cases of defilement recorded. The report shows that a total of 13,613 cases of Defilement were reported to Police compared to 15,366 cases reported in 2018, registering a decrease of 11.4%. Of the cases of Defilement reported in 2019, 10,489 were defilement while 3,124 were Aggravated Defilement. Releasing the report in Kampala, Police chief Okoth Ochola said that by the end of the year, 5,732 cases were taken to court, out of which 1,021 cases secured convictions. In the year 2019, a total of 249 children were defiled by their guardians while 84 children (girls) were defiled by their parents. The children are not safe even at school with a total of 177 children defiled in 2019 by their teachers. Out of total cases reported, 390 children were defiled by people living with HIV/AIDS. Category of Defilers S/No. Category of suspects No. of victims 1 Defiled by parents 84 2 Defiled by guardians 249 3 Teachers/pupils 113 4 Teachers/students 64 5 Defiled by HIV positive pple 390 6 Children with disability 126 East Kyoga and the Elgon regions are leading in cases of defilement while region like CID Headquarters, Kidepo , Kiira , Mt. Moroto and Rwenzori East recorded the lowest cases. Regions leading in Defilement S/No. Regions No. of Cases 1. East Kyoga 945 2. Elgon 922 3. Greater Masaka 898 4. North Kyoga 893 5. Bukedi 830 6. Busoga East 759 7. Aswa 739 8. Albertine 659 9. Rwenzori West 635 10. Busoga North 609 Mbale and Kamuli topped the list of districts with the highest cases of defilement according to the police annual crime report. District/Division leading in Defilement S/No. District/Division No. of cases reported 1. Mbale 317 2. Kamuli 274 3. Lira 197 4. Arua 191 5. Tororo 190 6. Mukono Div 177 7. Iganga 175 8. Masaka 171 9. Mayuge 169 10. Dokolo 169 Reacting to the report, child activists welcomed the reduction in the cases reported but skeptical on whether it tallies with the gravity of the problem in the country.. Ssuubi Tabitha from Raising voices, a child rights organization that seeks to end violence against children says cases reported may not mean the numbers of defilement cases because may go unreported in the country. She also says the report confirms their earlier reports that children are abused by those supposed to protect them. “The police report speaks to what we have learnt from our previous studies when it comes to who perpetrates violence against children. Children have told us that they experience violence from people known to them ad who are meant to protect them that is to say teachers parents and relatives, That why our efforts are aimed at primarily preventing violence against children by creating healthy relationships between children and adults at home , in the community and at school”. She emphasized.

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