Violence Against Children Of All Ages Common Worldwide; Urgent Actions Needed To Change Behaviors, UNICEF Report Says

NPR: UNICEF Report: 300 Million Cases Of Violence Against Children Ages 2 To 4
“A new report from UNICEF says that violence against children knows no boundaries. Among the statistics that back up that statement: Approximately 300 million children around the world between the ages two and four are subject to physical punishment or verbal abuse from their parents or caregivers…” (Cole, 11/1).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Millions of girls forced into sex yet only 1 in 100 seek help: U.N.
“At least 15 million teenage girls worldwide have been forced into sex — often by partners, relatives, or friends — yet only one in 100 sought help, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Cameroon had the highest rate of sexual violence, with one in six teenage girls experiencing forced sex, the U.N.’s children’s agency (UNICEF) said in a report which examined data from more than 40 countries…” (Mannion, 11/1).

U.N. News Centre: Violence against children pervasive in homes, schools, and communities — UNICEF
“…To end violence against children, UNICEF is calling for governments to take urgent action and support such measures as adopting well-coordinated national action plans; changing adult behaviors; limiting access to firearms and other weapons; educating children, parents, teachers, and community members to recognize violence in all its many forms and report it safely; and collecting better disaggregated data to track progress through robust monitoring and evaluation” (11/1).