UNICEF briefing on largest global compilation of data on violence against children

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WHO: Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
          Susan Bissell, Global head of UNICEF’s Child Protection Programme
          Claudia Cappa, Statistics and Monitoring expert, report author
              
WHAT: A new, unprecedented statistical analysis on global patterns of violence against children – an issue largely undocumented and underreported. Drawing on data from 190 countries the new analysis Hidden in Plain Sight reveals shocking prevalence and acceptance of violence against children.  The data focuses on physical, emotional and sexual violence in settings children should feel safe; their communities, schools and homes.

The data includes new figures on:
• Violent discipline - the most common form of violence against children
• Violence against girls - widespread rates of physical and sexual abuse
• Homicide rates - a leading cause of death among adolescent boys
• Bullying – a global phenomenon effecting millions of children
• Perceptions on violence - shocking figures on children’s views and reluctance to report abuse

WHEN: 11:15 am EDT; Thursday, 4 September 2014

WHERE
: Press Briefing Room, (S237) United Nations Headquarters*, New York, NY 10017

WHY: Violence against children is universal - so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies it is often unseen and accepted as the norm. Effects can last a lifetime, as exposure to violence can alter a child’s brain development damaging their physical, mental and emotional health. Violence is also passed down from one generation to the next.  But violence is not inevitable; it can be prevented. UNICEF will point to six strategies that prevent and reduce violence against children. (UNICEF Child Protection experts around the world will be available for interviews).  

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About UNICEF:
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

*Attendees must have UN press credentials. For more information, please see: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/request.shtml

For further information, please contact:
Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Media, Tel: +1 212 326-7133, mmercado@unicef.org
Melanie Sharpe, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 917 485 3344, msharpe@unicef.org
Rita Ann Wallace, UNICEF New York, Tel.: 1 212 326-7586, Mobile: +1 917 213 4034, rwallace@unicef.org

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