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Millions of Nigerian children are violated - NVACS


The latest Nigeria Violence Against Children Survey (NVACS) has revealed that violence impacts millions of children’s lives every year across Nigeria, ITRealms reports.


The survey indicated that you cannot help but be shocked by the huge numbers of children experiencing violence. But sometimes we can get lost in the statistics. Let’s remember that each statistic represents an individual child suffering violence – a four year old boy being intentionally burnt for misbehaving, a 13 year old girl being repeatedly raped by her neighbour, a seven year old being told again and again – “you are worthless, I wish you were dead” by their own mother.


These, ITRealms gathered, were revelations as Nigerian President, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF) Mr. Danladi Kifasi launched the Year of Action to End Violence Against Children today in response to the high rates of violence revealed in the survey, released last week.


Millions of children suffer violence every year in Nigeria - approximately 6 out of every 10 children experience some form of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18 years, according the survey carried out by the National Population Commission, with support from United Nation International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Announcing the launch of the year-long campaign to end violence against children, the President said “This is a historic day. A day when Nigeria stands up and says to our children - we commit to protecting you from violence.”


The survey found that one in two children experience physical violence; one in four girls and one in ten boys experience sexual violence; and one in six girls and one in five boys experience emotional violence. The majority of children, ITRealms recalled, do not tell anyone what has happened to them and fewer than five per cent receive the help they need to recover.


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