New data on violence against children

Hidden in Plain Sight report
UNICEF just released a new report (Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children) on violence against children worldwide. The results are shocking.
Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 worldwide (about 1 in 10) have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts, and one in 3 ever-married adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 (84 million) have been victims of emotional, physical or sexual violence committed by their husbands or partners.
“Violence against children occurs every day, everywhere.  And while it harms individual children the most, it also tears at the fabric of society — undermining stability and progress.   But violence against children is not inevitable. It is preventable — if we refuse to let violence remain in the shadows,” UNICEF Executive Director said.  “The evidence in this report compels us to act — for the sake of those individual children and the future strength of societies around the world.”
Source: UNICEF
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