Violence against Children
The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children decided to adopt "Stop Violence against Children" as the main theme.
Violence has long-term consequences for child and youth victims. The United Nations conducted a study in 2006, which reveals the extent and the effects of violence against children, which is too often done by people children know and trust, and is rarely reported. Violence against children and youth occurs in all social, cultural, religious and ethnic groups, and can take many forms, ranging from corporal punishment to psychological abuse, sexual exploitation or forced labor.
Children and youth experience violence in all settings, including where they should find protection and security, such as in the home, in schools, in care-giving and justice institutions, at work and in the community.
The findings show that sadly, violence against children is too often socially accepted or considered traditional cultural practice. Protecting children from all forms of violence needs to be approached from a various perspectives. A long-term commitment that address changing behaviors and attitudes, while promoting recognition of the human dignity and inalienable rights of every child is required. It is important that children, young people and adults work together in this effort.
Read more about the UN Study on Violence against Children in a youth-friendly language.
Learn more about the UN Study on Violence against Children.