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UNICEF Launches New Initiative To Address Violence Against Children

“Violence against children often goes unseen, unheard and unreported, [UNICEF] said [Wednesday], launching a new initiative urging the international community to speak out more forcefully against the scourge, which leaves millions of girls and boys physically and emotionally scarred every year,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The End Violence Against Children initiative “urges people around the world to recognize violence against children, join global, national or local movements to end it, and bring new ideas to focus collective action on this goal,” the news service writes, adding, “According to the [WHO], some 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 years experienced sexual violence and exploitation, and an estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, according to a 2005 report by the International Labour Organization (ILO)” (7/31). Actor Liam Neeson has partnered with UNICEF to launch the campaign, the Huffington Post’s “Entertainment” blog notes. The blog includes a video PSA from Neeson about the initiative (Jacobs, 7/31).