Violence Against Children

abuse-child-violenceDear Friends for Life,   Violence against children is universal. A recent study reports the violence is so prevalent and deeply ingrained in our societies that it is often unseen and accepted as the norm. The fact is that this it exists all around us, right here in our own society.

UNICEF has just released a report, Hidden in plain sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children, which draws on data from 190 countries and sheds light on a largely undocumented issue.

canstock9493987The report discovered that about two thirds of children worldwide between ages 2 and 14 (almost 1 billion) are subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers on a regular basis. The data focuses on physical, emotional and sexual violence in settings children should feel safe; their communities, schools and homes.

New figures pinpoint violent discipline – the most common form of violence against children, and homicide rates – a leading cause of death among adolescent boys. One fifth of homicide victims globally are children and adolescents under the age of 20, and slightly more than 1 in 3 students between the ages of 13 and 15 worldwide are regularly bullied in school.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake states “Violence begets violence. We know a child experiencing abuse is more likely to see violence as normal, even acceptable and more likely to perpetuate violence against his or her own children in the future.”

domestic-violence-victim-11578680The effects of violence against children can last a lifetime, as exposure to violence can alter a child’s brain development damaging their physical, mental and emotional health. Violence is also passed down from one generation to the next. But violence is not inevitable; it can be prevented.

UNICEF points to six strategies to enable society as a whole, from families to Governments, to prevent and reduce violence against children. They include Open hand raised, Stop Violence sign painted, multi purpose concsupporting parents and equipping children with life skills; changing attitudes; strengthening judicial, criminal and social systems and services; and generating evidence and awareness about violence and its human and socio-economic costs, in order to change attitudes and norms.

Violence against children is not inevitable; it can be prevented. The evidence in this new UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report should “compel us to act”. Click here to read.

 

God Bless
Jerry Novotny, OMI

 

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abuse-surrender-domestic-violence-14951608images222(The Difference is LIFE) “The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” – St. John Chrysostom

 

 

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Websites by Fr. Jerry

LifeIssues.net Website

Japan-lifeissues.net Website (in Japanese)

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