UN News service on AllAfrica:
The Zimbabwean Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, the National Faith Based Council of Zimbabwe, and UNICEF yesterday launched their Stand Up and Speak Out campaign against child abuse, aiming to reach more than six million of the African country's citizens.
"The Stand Up and Speak Out information campaign will confront all types of abuse of children - sexual, physical, neglect and verbal," UNICEF's Representative in Zimbabwe, Festo Kavishe, said.
Official police figures show that there were 2192 reported "rape cases involving children 16 years and below" in 2003. In 2006 this jumped to 3112, an increase of 42 per cent.