‘Violence Affects Millions Of Children In Nigeria,’ Survey
A SURVEY carried out by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, National Population Commission with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that millions of Nigerian children suffer from domestic violence every year.
The survey also shows that the impact of such violence brings about physical, emotional, sexual and psychological damage, noting that over 60 percent of Nigerian children have experienced one or more forms of violence, and at least six out of every 10 Nigerian children experience some form of violence before they reach age 18.
Speaking at a press briefing on the launch of the year of the action to end violence against children in Abuja, yesterday, UNICEF representative, Jean Gough, stated that violence against children is not somebody else’s problem but it is everyone’s problem, urging government to continue in their support to curb violence against children in Nigeria.
She noted that the survey shows fifty percent of children experience physical violence, one in four girls and one in 10 boys suffered sexual violence while one in six girls and 20 percent of boys suffered emotional violence by a parents, caregivers or adult relatives.
The findings of the survey highlights that violence is not confined to poor families, nor to marginalized children or children living in the shadow of conflicts.
The representative of UNICEF commended the federal government for been the first country to carry out the survey in West African region, while reiterating UNICEF’s support in the national survey and support in preventing violence against children in ensuring an effective response in all places.
Permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Ezekiel Oyemomi, noted that violence are wide spread beyond imagination in the country which include sexual, physical and emotional violence.”