Home     About Us     Website Friends
 
 Quick Search
Select a Country
Female     Male
Missing within   Year(s)
More search options
 
 Help Now
 Resources for
 Topics of Focus
 Global Network
 
 Language
 Special Thanks

 
 

COMPLAINTS FILED AT SOS 1056:2008

 

SOS 1056 receives complaints from the public on issues related to children.  It should be noted that The Smile of the Child is the only organisation that accepts and records anonymous complaints.  The complainant's information is not given to authorities and the organisation becomes the named complainant on the complaint that goes to the police and to the prosecutor for minors.

 

During the period from 1/1/08 up to and including 31/12/08 the National Helpline for Children SOS 1056 recorded 677 formal complaints involving abuse of children.

 

From these:

  • 636  (94%) were anonymous (complainant did not want his/her name given to authorities)

  •   41   (6%)   named/identified complainants

 

Graph 1: Complaints: Named vs. Anonymous

 

 

Specifically, the complaints for the above mentioned period were with respect to 1337 children of which:

  • 600 (45%) boys

  • 544 (40%) girls

  • 193 (15%) complaints were with respect to children whose gender and age were unclear.

Graph 2: Percentage of Children by Gender

 

 

Chart of Children by Age and Gender:

 

AGES

BOYS

GIRLS

UNKNOWN GENDER

TOTAL

0-6 years old

243

183

47

473 (35%)

7-12 years old

224

192

8

424 (32%)

13-18 years old

103

139

2

244(18%)

Unknown Gender

 

 

112

112 (9%)

Unknown Age

30

30

24

84 (6%)

TOTAL

600(45%)

544 (40%)

193 (15%)

1337

 

Graph 3: Children by Age Category

 

 

Chart by Type of Complaint and Gender:

 

TYPES OF ABUSE BOYS GIRLS UNKNOWN GENDER TOTAL
Physical Abuse of Child 292 211 75 578(43%)
Sexual Abuse of Child 11 41 5 57(4%)
Neglect/ Abandonment of Child 261 224 108 593(44%)
Commercial Exploitation – Begging 13 22   35(3%)
Commercial Exploitation- Forced Prostitution   25 3 28 (2%)

Psychological/ Emotional Abuse

23

21

2

46 (4%)

TOTAL 600(45%) 544(40%) 193(15%) 1337

 

Graph 4: Percentage of Complaints by Category of Abuse

 

 

Breakdown of Relationship Between Victim and Offender:

 

From the 677 formal complaints, the relationship between victim and offender was as follows:

 

RELATIONSHIP NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS
PARENTS (Complaint was regarding both parents) 235 (35%)
MOTHER 249 (37%)
FATHER 132 (19%)
OTHER 61 (9%)
TOTAL 677

 

Graph 5: Percentage of Complaints by Relationship Between Victim and Offender