Statistics released by the Malawi Police in the southern region show that 138 children have been sexually abused in the region over the past eight months.
The 138 cases have been recorded from January to August this year, but the number of cases is 32 less than the 170 recorded over the same period last year.
According to a statement from the police, last year they recorded 170 cases compared to this year’s 138.
The police have since described this as an improvement even though over 100 children have been sexually abused in just eight months.
Southern region police spokesperson Sergeant Peter Mchiza thanked the communities and other stakeholder in the region for taking part to deal with the malpractice.
“I must say that the levels of defilement in the southern region has reduced this year compared to the same period last year, it is not only us the police I also want to thank traditional leaders, organisation, some individuals and everyone who took part in sensitising people on the dangers of this malpractice,” said Mchiza.
He further described the campaign called Evil against Defilement which they launched to fight against sexual abuse as the main key that has helped to reduce the criminal acts.
Meanwhile, police have called on everyone in the country to take part in the campaign to fight sexual abuse and protect the future of girls in the country.