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UNICEF: Most Sexual Violence Victims in Colombia Are Girls

  • 90.2 percent of cases of sexual abuse are by a family member, UNICEF said.

    90.2 percent of cases of sexual abuse are by a family member, UNICEF said. | Photo: EFE

Published 8 December 2017
Opinion

The United Nations agency’s report revealed alarming figures about sexual violence in Colombia.

Studies carried out by the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, indicated that seven out of ten victims of sexual violence in Colombia are girls.

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During the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which was held on Thursday, a panel discussed violence against children in Colombia.

During the event, the representative of UNICEF in Colombia, Roberto de Bernardi, presented alarming figures to the audience that revealed that girls were overwhelmingly targeted as victims of sexual violence. The official said that “the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences said in 2016 that, in Colombia, the institute receives 14 cases of violence against girls and adolescents on a daily basis.”

The official said that “violence against women in Colombia disproportionately affects girls and because of this we must continue to struggle so that these circumstances change and that our girls and adolescents can grow up in safe and healthy environments.”

The head of Child Protection of UNICEF, Cornelius Williams, interjected by adding that “a large number of children, some as young as twelve months old, are victims of violence often committed by the people in charge of caring for them.”

Williams said that there are "babies who are slapped in the face, children forced to perform sexual acts, and adolescents killed in their communities: violence against children does not forgive anyone and knows no borders."

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