About Advocacy for Child Relief (ACR)

We’re  Advocacy for child relief (ACR). ACR is an independent, nonpartisan, non-governmental organisation which is incorporated under the laws of Uganda.  Founded by a group of young Ugandan children wellness activists and professionals in response to the ever-increasing vulnerability and poverty among children and families they live in.
Children Experiencing Violence
Children Reached

Basic Facts

Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world. More than half of its 37 million people are children – which provides exciting potential for a dynamic future.

After years of conflict and insecurity, there has been some considerable progress. More children are in school and fewer are dying of preventable illnesses.

But many children, especially in rural areas, still live in poverty and without their basic rights.

  • One in five children do not complete primary school.
  • More than a quarter of children under five suffer chronic malnutrition.
  • 75% of children experience violence.
  • At least 10% of girls are married before they are 15, and a quarter experienced sexual violence in the past year.

Key Findings on Violence Against children in Uganda

General Findings
General Findings
(a) 3 in 4 young adults experienced some form of violence during childhood. (b) 1 in 3 young adults experienced at least 2 forms of violence (c) Half of all 18-24-year-old Ugandans believe it is acceptable for a man to beat his wife.
Sexual Violence
Sexual Violence
(a) Among 18-24-year-olds, 1 in 3 females (35%) and 1 in 6 males (17%) experienced sexual abuse during their childhood. (b) 1 in 4 young adults who experienced sexual abuse during childhood first experienced it at the age of 13 or younger. (c) Children who suffered sexual abuse experienced higher mental distress than children who didn’t.
Physical Violence
Physical Violence
(a) The majority of young adults - 6 in 10 females (59%) and 7 in 10 males (68%) - experienced physical violence.<br /> (b) Among those who were subjected to physical violence by an adult, their first experience was nearly always committed by a teacher (94% for females and 86% for males)<br /> (c) 1 in 4 children missed school after experiencing physical violence
Emotional Violence
Emotional Violence
(a) Among 18-24-year-olds, 1 in 3 experienced some form of emotional or verbal violence during their childhood<br /> (b) The most common perpetrator of emotional or verbal violence was a child’s mother or<br /> stepmother (41% for females and 35% for males)

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