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Hidden in Plain Sight
A Statistical Analysis of Violence Against Children
By United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
Major findings include:
Sexual violence: 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. The prevalence of partner violence is 70 per cent or higher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea, and approaches or exceeds 50 per cent in Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe. In Switzerland, a 2009 national survey of girls and boys aged 15 to 17 found that 22 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively, had experienced at least one incident of sexual violence involving physical contact. The most common form of sexual violence for both sexes was cyber-victimization.
Homicide: One fifth of homicide victims globally are children and adolescents under the age of 20, resulting in about 95,000 deaths in 2012. Homicide is the leading cause of death among males between 10 and 19 years old in Panama, Venezuela, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia. Nigeria has the highest number of child homicides - 13,000. Among countries in Western Europe and North America, the United States has the highest homicide rate.
Bullying: Slightly more than 1 in 3 students between the ages of 13 and 15 worldwide are regularly bullied in school; in Samoa, the proportion is almost 3 in 4. Almost a third of students 11 to 15 years old in Europe and North America report bullying others - in Latvia and Romania, nearly 6 in 10 admit to bullying others.
Violent discipline: About 17 per cent of children in 58 countries are subject to severe forms of physical punishment (hitting on the head, ears or face or hitting hard and repeatedly). Over 40 per cent of children 2 to 14 years old experience severe physical punishment in Chad, Egypt and Yemen. Globally, three in 10 adults believe physical punishment is needed to raise children well. In Swaziland, 82 per cent say physical punishment is necessary.
Attitudes towards violence: Close to half of all adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 (around 126 million) believe a husband is justified in hitting his wife under certain circumstances. The proportion rises to 80 per cent or more in Afghanistan, Guinea, Jordan, Mali and Timor-Leste. In 28 of 60 countries with data on both sexes, a larger proportion of girls than boys believe that wife-beating is sometimes justified. In Cambodia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Rwanda and Senegal, girls are around twice as likely as boys to think a husband is sometimes justified in hitting his wife. Data from 30 countries suggest that about seven in 10 girls 15-19 years old who had been victims of physical and/or sexual abuse had never sought help: many said they did not think it was abuse or did not see it as a problem.

In the United States the worst sexual abuse happens to children. Incest is running rampant in America and out of shame families will do everything they can to keep it hidden from view. The abusers know this and take full advantage of it. 1 in 4 girl children will be sexually abused by a family member or family members or relatives. 1 in 6 boy children will be abused by a family member or family members or relatives. Children are the easiest victims of all sexual abuse victims. They are easily convinced they are at fault for their sexual abuse. Abusers will use guilt and appeals to love and threats to manipulate the child's feelings to keep them from exposing what is being done. Contrary to popular belief most child sex abuse happens in the home. (Webmaster's comment: Let's put this in perspective. In a class room of 30 middle school students 6 of the children sitting there are probably being used for sex at home. And should one of those children say anything chances are they will be told to stop making up naughty stories and nasty lies. What a terrible world those children are forced to live in!)

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Hidden in Plain Sight
A Statistical Analysis of Violence Against Children
By United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)