Global Crimes Against Children :  A Grim Report from Unicef

Using data collected from 190 countries, a U.N report concluded   about 120 million girls around the world – slightly  more than one in 10 – have been raped or sexually assaulted by the age of 20.

As if this finding is not grim enough, the rates regarding child homicide and overall violence against children are profoundly disturbing. The U.N report findings can be summarized as follows:

  • One in 10 girls has been sexually assaulted by the age of 20;
  • Boys also report being victims of sexual violence, but to a lesser extent than girls;
  • The most common form of sexual violence for both genders is cyber-victimization;
  • 95,000 children and teenagers were murdered in 2012;
  • Slightly over one in three students aged 13-15 experience regular bullying in school;
  • Six out of 10 children aged 2- 14 are physically abused by care-takers.

As Unicef executive director, Anthony Lake stated,  the violence “cuts across boundaries of age, geography, religion, ethnicity and income brackets.” The report noted the abuse itself  “occurs in places where children should be safe, their homes, schools and communities….and “increasingly, it happens over the internet, and it’s perpetrated by family members and teachers, neighbors and strangers and other children.”   The damage for child- victims is life-long and devastating.

The U.N  report underscores that  violence against children remains largely underreported and undocumented. In some countries violence against children still remains socially acceptable or tacitly condoned. Victims are often too afraid to report the abuse.

As concerned members of the global community, we must strive to do more to  educate others about universal  violence against children.



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