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UN Report Shows One In Ten Girls Sexually Abused Before 20

Sexual Abuse Is Most Commonly Committed By Individuals Trusted By Victims


A new report published by the UN has revealed that 120 million girls around the world have been sexually assaulted or raped by the time they reach the age of 20.

The data was gathered from 190 nations around the world and showed that the most common perpetrators of sexual abuse and violence against girls are former or current boyfriends, husbands or partners.

It was discovered that boys also suffer sexual violence, but to a lesser extent, and the report indicated the most common form of sexual violence for both genders is cyber-victimisation.

Unicef executive director Anthony Lake said that sexual abuse and violence cuts across all forms of religion, ethnicity, geography, age and income brackets and often occurs in places where children and young people should be safe, such as their own homes, schools and communities.

He added: “Increasingly, it happens over the internet, and it's perpetrated by family members and teachers, neighbours and strangers and other children.”

The report also indicates the levels of violence committed towards children and young people in care, with the statistics showing that 6 in 10 children aged between 2 and 14 had been subjected to physical punishment by carers.

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