Cruel Numbers

 Cruel Numbers 2016

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Report Highlights

Sahil working on child  protection with a special focus on sexual abuse, has been publishing Cruel Number reports for the last 17 years, which is based on data collected through monitoring online and printed newspapers, direct  cases received at Sahil offices for  free legal aid, and cases are also shared by other organizations working on CSA.

This is the only in depth and  updated research on child sexual abuse that is used as a reference not only by the national and international  media and civil society, but also by the government departments for reporting to international conventions and charters that the government is signatory to. The data has also been referred in court cases, recorded in law journals, and has been of great help for other organizations to steer advocacy campaigns.

The current publication is yet another addition to the systematic data analysis by Sahil of reported child sexual abuse cases. We hope this report will be informative for stakeholders in particular and the society in general.

This year Cruel Numbers 2016 has been compiled from monitoring of 86 Newspapers (National, Regional and Local).
The objectives of this report are:

      • To provide facts and figures about child sexual abuse and its dynamics.
      • To contribute to existing information on CSA in Pakistan.
      • To contribute towards spreading awareness and information about CSA to all sectors of the society.

The fight against child sexual abuse is showing an increase in registration of cases. The total number of CSA cases including abduction, missing children and child marriage in 2016, stand at a staggering 4139. This data brings the number of abused children to 11 per day. This figure also shows an increase of 10% from the previous year.

This year reported cases under major crime categories are; abduction 1455, rape 502, sodomy 453, gang rape 271, gang sodomy 268 and 362 cases of attempt of CSA.
An even more serious crime is committed when the victim is murdered. A total of 100 victims were murdered after sexual assaults.
Following the previous year’s data, more girls have been sexually abused this year as well. Cruel Numbers data reveals that 2410 girls and 1729 boys are victims of sexual exploitation.

A total 6759 abusers were involved in 2810 cases. The largest groups identified were 1765 acquaintances, 798 strangers, acquaintance with stranger in 589 cases.
Like previous years, the highest percentage of vulnerable age group among both girls and boys was 11to15 years. And the second vulnerable age group is 6 to10 years.

The data shows sexual abuse can occur anywhere, at any time, therefore children are not safe. Statistics show 34% of cases of sexual assault took place within enclosed areas whereas 16% case took place in open spaces.
The time period of abuse shows that 97% of the children were abused once. In 3% of the cases, children were abused for more than a day.
Province–wise division shows that 2676 cases of abuse were reported from Punjab, followed by 987 cases reported from Sindh, 166 from Balochistan, 156 from Federal Capital Islamabad, 141 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, only 9 from Azad Jammu Kashmir and 4 cases were reported from Gilgit Baltistan.
The Urban–Rural divide shows that 76% cases were reported from rural areas whereas 24% of cases were reported from the urban areas of all the cases, 78% were registered with the police, 32 cases were unregistered, whereas police refused to register an FIR for 142 cases.
Abduction cases have shown an increase by 19% from 1386 cases in 2015 to 1654 cases in 2016. On average 5 children are being abducted every day.
Out of the total 199 cases of abduction and child sexual abuse, 83% (165) victims were girls and 17% (34) victims were boys. Another alarming situation reported was, 41% boys have been murdered after the abduction and sexual abuse.
Sahil has started recording child marriages since 2012 as it a sexual crime against young girls which is now being reflected in the print media. In 2016, 176 cases of child marriages were reported.


 Cruel Numbers 2015

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Report Highlights

Sahil working on child  protection with a special focus on sexual abuse, has been publishing Cruel Number reports for the last 17 years, which is based on data collected through monitoring online and printed newspapers, direct  cases received at Sahil offices for  free legal aid, and cases are also shared by other organizations working on CSA.

This is the only in depth and  updated research on child sexual abuse that is used as a reference not only by the national and international  media and civil society, but also by the government departments for reporting to international conventions and charters that the government is signatory to. The data has also been referred in court cases, recorded in law journals, and has been of great help for other organizations to steer advocacy campaigns.

The current publication is yet another addition to the systematic data analysis by Sahil of reported child sexual abuse cases. We hope this report will be informative for stakeholders in particular and the society in general.


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Report Highlights

This year cruel numbers 2014 has been compiled from 70 National, Regional and Local newspapers.

The fight against child sexual abuse is showing an increase in registration of cases. The total number of sexual abuse cases in 2014, stand at a staggering 3508 including 8 cases which were directly reported to Sahil and it brings the number of abused children to10 per day. This figure also shows an increase of 17% from the previous year.

Abduction cases have shown an increase of 7% from 1,706 cases in 2013 to 1831 in 2014. On average 5 children are being abducted every day.

The major crime category of rape/sodomy including gang rape and gang sodomy show that there were 1225 cases and 258 cases of attempted rape/sodomy, gang rape and gang sodomy.

An even more serious crime is committed when the victim is murdered. A total of 142 victims were murdered after sexual assaults.

Sahil has started recording child marriages since 2012 as it a sexual crime against young girls which is now being reflected in the print media. In 2014, 103 cases of child marriages were reported.

Gender-wise distribution follows trends of the previous years where more girls are victims of sexual abuse. This report shows that 2141 girls and 1367 boys have been abused.

A total of 6531 abusers are on record. The largest groups identified were 1790 acquaintances and 1246 strangers.

Like previous years, the highest percentage of vulnerable age group among both girls and boys was 11-15 years.

The data shows sexual abuse can occur anywhere, at any time, therefore children are not safe. Statistics show 38% of cases of sexual assault took place within enclosed areas whereas 21% case took place in open spaces.

The time period of abuse shows that 53% of the children were abused once. In 16% of the cases, children were abused for more than a day.

Province–wise division shows that 2054 cases of abuse were reported from Punjab, followed by 875 cases reported from Sindh, 297 from Balochistan, 152 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 90 from Federal Capital Islamabad 38 from Azad Jammu Kashmir, 1 case from Gilgit Baltistan and one case was reported from FATA.

The Urban–Rural divide shows that 67% cases were reported from rural areas where as 33% of cases were reported from the urban areas.

Of all the cases 74% were registered with police, 7% were unregistered whereas in 28 cases police refused to register an FIR.

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Cruel Numbers 2013

Cruel Numbers 2013

Report Highlights

This year cruel numbers 2013 has been compiled from 80 National, Regional and Local newspapers.

The fight against child sexual abuse is showing an increase in registration of cases. The total number of sexual abuse cases in 2013, stand at a staggering 3,002 including 5 cases which were directly reported to Sahil and it brings the number of abused children to 8 per day. This figure also shows an increase of 7.67% from the previous year.

 Abduction cases have shown an increase of 6% from 1,600 to 1,706 cases. On average 5 children are being abducted everyday.

The major crime category of rape/sodomy including gang rape and gang sodomy show that there were 1225 cases and 202 cases of attempted rape/sodomy, gang rape and gang sodomy.

An even more serious crime is committed when the victim is murdered. A total of 148 victims were murdered after sexual assaults.

Sahil has started recording child marriages since 2012 as it a sexual crime against young girls which is now being reflected in the print media. In 2013, child marriages have shown an increase of 21% bringing the total to 91 cases compared to 75 cases last year.

Gender-wise distribution follows trends of the previous years where more girls are victims of sexual abuse. This report shows that 2017 girls and 985 boys have been abused. However, there is a phenomenal increase of 23% of abuse of boys incomparison to last year.

A total of 6,130 abusers are on record. The largest groups identified were 1,474 acquaintances and 1,067 strangers.

Like previous years, the highest percentage of vulnerable age group among both girls and boys was 11-15 years.

The data shows sexual abuse can occur anywhere, at any time, therefore children arenot safe. Statistics show 77.69% of cases of sexual assault took place within enclosed areas whereas 22.31% case took place in open spaces.

The time period of abuse shows that 53.76% of the children were abused once. In 17.96% of the cases, children were abused for more than a day.

Province–wise division shows that 2,003 cases of abuse were reported from Punjab,followed by 583 cases reported from Sindh, then 139 by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 134 from Federal Capital Islamabad and 106 Balochistan. 35 cases were reported from Azad Jammu Kashmir and only 2 cases were reported from Gilgit Baltistan.

The Urban–Rural divide shows that 57.46% cases were reported from rural areas where as 42.54% of cases were reported from the urban areas.

Of all the cases 79.21% were registered with police, 7.89% were unregistered and status of 12.89% cases remained unknown.


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Report Highlights

This report is compiled from cases reported in 86 national, regional and local newspapers in the year 2012.

Fighting against child sexual abuse is not easy in a country like Pakistan where the total number of sexual abuse cases reported in newspapers, in 2012 appears at a staggering number of 2,788. This figure shows a phenomenal increase of 17% cases from previous year. It can be assumed from the total number of cases that on average approximately 8 children were abused each day during 2012.

 Abduction cases have shown an increase from 1112 to 1486. On average 3-4 children are being abducted every day.

The major crime categories reveal that out of the total 2788 cases, 17% cases were of rape/sodomy, 13% of gang rape/sodomy, 5% cases of sodomy /rape murder, 3% of attempted rape/sodomy and 3% cases were of early marriages reported in the year 2012.

Gender-wise distribution shows that more girls were victimized. The data also shows that 71 % girls in comparison to 29 % boys were sexually abused.

Furthermore, a total of 5,689 abusers attacked 2,788 children. The largest group identified was that of acquaintances, the second largest group being strangers, followed by perpetrators within the family.

Like previous years, the highest percentage of vulnerable age group among girls and boys remains 11-15 years.

The data shows sexual abuse can occur anywhere and at any time. Children are vulnerable everywhere. Statistics gathered by Sahil show 51% of cases of sexual assault took place within four walls in the home of the abuser or victim where as 15% case took place in open areas.

The time period of keeping the victim in captivity of by the abuser shows that 81 % of the children were abused once. In 3-4% per cent of the cases, children were abused for more than a day.

The Urban–Rural divide shows that almost 52% cases were reported from rural areas where as 47% of cases were reported from the urban areas. Around 83% cases were registered with police, 24 % were unregistered.

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