60% of children experience emotional, sexual violence —UNICEF

A recent survey released by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), through its weekly opinion poll platform U-report, revealed that about 60 per cent of children experienced physical, emotional and sexual violence before their 18th birthday and less than five per cent get required help for recovery.

The national survey on violence against children found that one in every four girls and one in every 10 boys experience sexual violence (unwanted, forced or pressurised sex or sexual touching) before 18 years.
The survey also asked respondents if they would tell someone if they experienced sexual violence.
Sixty-one per cent of respondents revealed that they would most likely tell their parents and 10 per cent declared that they would rather tell someone else.
UNICEF, however, hinted that sharing information on sexual violence with a trusted one is an important step in preventing it.
Meanwhile, while sensitising respondents on the need to know their Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) status, 37 per cent of U-reporters respondents  said they didn’t know their status. 54 per cent of those who had taken an HIV test did so during pregnancy or for other reasons, another 66 per cent of the respondents said they didn’t pay for their test and 78 per cent declared that they would still take the test if they had to.

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