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UN report uncovers global child abuse

By lungta     Jan 2, 2007 in World
A shocking picture of physical abuse and mistreatment of children in countries in every corner of the world
Thought that this was old news but didn’t see it up here and the interest in dealing with these problems needs the the big picture
To actually deal with these problems is an exercise in constant vigilance usually something only practiced by an obsessed predator. Therein lies the problem I think or part of it
The other part is that it’s most always the trusted family member or friend of the family.
The most strict controlling guardian often is just protecting their “supply” and keeping the victims from outside help
It all becomes the most perfect catch 22.
from the headline......full article is well worth the read http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article1842578.ece
Citing figures from the World Health Organisation, it asserts that 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18, "experienced forced sexual intercourse and other forms of sexual violence involving physical contact", in 2002.
The murder rate among minors was twice as high in low-income countries than in the developed world, the report found. But sexual abuse in the home is a blight shared by all nations. In 21 countries, most of them industrialised, as many as 36 per cent of women and 29 per cent of men said they had been the victims of sexual abuse during childhood. "Most of the abuse occurred within the family circle," the report said.
As many as 77 countries sanction violent punishment of children found guilty of crimes great or small, ranging from execution to corporal retribution including caning, flogging, stoning or even, in some countries, amputation.
How children are exploited
* According to the World Health Organisation, up to 53,000 children are murdered worldwide each year.
* Between 80 and 93 per cent of children suffer some form of physical punishment in their homes; a third are punished using implements.
* In 2002, the WHO estimated that 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 experienced some form of forced sexual intercourse or violence.
* 218 million children worldwide are labourers, 126 million of whom work in hazardous environments.
* 1.8 million are involved in prostitution or pornography and 1.2 million have been trafficked.
* Up to 275 million witness domestic abuse annually.
* Eight million worldwide are in residential care.
* There are 250,000 child soldiers in the world.
* According to Amnesty International, 40 per cent of soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are children. 11,000 have still yet to be disarmed.
* One billion children live in countries where it is legal to beat pupils.
* Save the Children says a million children worldwide have been imprisoned.
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