Every 5 minutes a child dies as a result of violence
120 million girls and 73 million boys have been victims of sexual violence
Almost 1 billion children
regularly experience physical punishment.
87 million children under 7
have grown up in conflict zones
Parts of a maltreated child's brain can be 6% smaller than normal, affecting their cognitive development
1 in 5 children exposed to domestic violence act out or have difficulties making friendships
Globally, violence against children is estimated to cost up to $7 trillion
Girls who are raped as children are 2 to 3 times more likely to be sexually assaulted after the age of 16
"End abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence and torture against children"
Sustainable Development Goal target 16.2
Children in Danger: Act to End Violence Against Children
“For too long, the world has tolerated this epidemic of violence that disfigures societies and leaves millions of children unsafe in their homes, schools and communities. This epidemic has had a catastrophic impact on child survival and wellbeing, and has left millions of children living in fear every day…Violence can be prevented, but only if all countries come together to make the protection of children a priority.”
We wrote this report for the launch of UNICEF UK's Every Child in Danger Campaign in 2014.
If Not Now, When? Ending Violence Against the World's Children
“We now have an historic opportunity to unite the world behind a global, national and local movement to protect children from violence, based on increased political will, a global partnership that will protect children, and the identification of pathfinder countries that will be ready to deliver the new agenda from January 2016.”
The Center on International Cooperation published this paper by David Steven in 2014.
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 12 July 2016, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will help deliver the commitment made by world leaders to prevent and respond to violence, protect childhood and make societies safe for children. In 2015 and 2016 we contributed a zero draft strategy, and findings from two global consultations, including more than 1,500 from 24 countries.
"In five years, we believe we can make important steps forward in establishing violence prevention a policy priority, within a growing number of countries and globally. We believe we can start to build a powerful movement that will work to keep children safe and in which children will themselves play a central role."