Friday, 11 September 2015

Briefly: 60% Of Nigerian Children Abused Before 18! What Next?

This is very disheartening news: Findings from the Nigerian Violence Against Children (VAC) survey have shown that more than six out of every 10 Nigerian children under the age of 18 experience some form of physical, emotional and sexual violence.
It shows that physical violence in childhood is the most common type of abuse reported.
The population-based study which was released yesterday in Abuja provides the first nationally representative data on the prevalence of violence among female and male children in Nigeria and is the first of its kind in the West African sub-region.
The survey was carried out by the National Population Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, UNICEF and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the survey report, one in two children experience physical violence, one in four girls and one in 10 boys experience sexual violence while one in six girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence.
My question is: Now that we know, what are we going to do about it?
Read more about the survey report here.

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