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Fact of the week



1 in 5: One in five adolescent girls in Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo has experienced sexual violence

World Fit For Children Goal: Protect children from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence

The gender dimensions of violence and abuse – physical, sexual and psychological – against adolescents are critical.

Girls experience higher rates of domestic and sexual violence than boys; these abuses reinforce male dominance in the household and community, and concurrently impede female empowerment. 

Evidence from  developing countries with available data show a broad spread of experience of sexual or physical violence against adolescent females aged 15–19, reaching a height of 21 per cent in Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Source: DHS, 2005-2009. 

Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/files/ChildProtection__from_violence_exploitation_abuse.pdf,
p. 3
http://www.childinfo.org/files/SOWC_2011.pdf, p. 32



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