Survey reveals extent of violence against children
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – SIXTY percent of Nigerian children have suffered someform of violence in their lives.This is according to findings of a new survey whose results have beenlaunched in Abuja.
The Violence against Children Survey (VACS) suggests that 6 out of every10 Nigerian children under the age of 18 years experience some form ofphysical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18.
It also disclosed that one in four girls and one in ten boys experiencesexual violence and one in six girls and one in five boys experienceemotional violence.The survey is the brainchild of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, NationalPopulation Commission with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Dr EzekielOyemomi, commended the stakeholders for their contribution toward thecompilation of the survey.“The survey highlights that millions of Nigerians children are sufferingviolence every year and most are suffering in silence.
We cannot allowthese findings to sit on the shelf,” Oyemomi said.Director of Planning and Research at the National Population Commission,Dr Samson Olanipekun, said violence against children was a significantproblem in Nigeria.He said millions of minors suffered physical, sexual and emotionalviolence every year.He explained that the survey found a high prevalence of violence againstchildren in Nigeria.
“The survey clearly shows that violence against children is not confinedto marginalized groups. Violence against children transcends social andeconomic status. It is a problem that affects all corners of society,”Olanipekun said.UNICEF officials commended Nigeria for being the first country in WestAfrican to launch the survey.
– CAJ News
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