This was revealed in a study by the UBS Optimus Foundation, which further revealed that victims of sexual abuse are 4,9 times more likely to abuse drugs later in life - compared to those who were not sexually abused as children.
It also found that victims of physical abuse are 1.41% more likely to develop serious mental illness, while victims of emotional abuse are 1.31% more likely to become obese.
The following infographic highlights the true cost of violence against children in South African society:
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