‘Staggering’ Rates of Child Abuse in East, Southern Africa

A new report finds that children across East and Southern Africa suffer huge amounts of abuse.  UNICEF says this epidemic of violence hurts more than just the children – it hurts society.

Researchers say they have found a “staggering incidence” of violence against children in East and Southern Africa.

The numbers, indeed, are hard to swallow. The new study, released Tuesday, found that that two in five girls under 18 have endured sexual abuse and that more than seven in 10 children have reported severe beatings at home or school. In Tanzania, for example, kids said those beatings included being kicked or punched.

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