After decades defending the rights of children, Yitzhak Kadman is still shocked at some of the cases that come to his attention, he said Tuesday at the Jerusalem launch of a new initiative against child abuse in Israel.
Kadman, the director of the National Council for the Child, was one of a series of speakers at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem marking the opening of the program. It was spurred by the disturbing findings of a recent survey on child abuse conducted by Prof. Zvi Eisikovits and Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel from the University of Haifa.
The findings indicated that 52.9% of children had suffered some form of abuse and victimization; 31.2% had suffered emotional abuse, 18.7% sexual abuse, 18% physical neglect, 17% emotional neglect, 17 % physical abuse and 9.8% were witnesses to domestic violence within their own families. The survey also showed that Arab children suffer more abuse than Jewish children on all levels.