Violence against children is not confined to marginalised groups alone. It is a problem that affects all corners of the society. The impact of this act can result in early death, while those who survive live with physical and emotional scars. UNICEF representative in a media parley with newsmen in preparatory to the children, s day celebration is urging all members of the society to take actions against violence.
In Nigeria, sexual abuse often takes place behind closed doors. Perpetrators are mostly trusted family members and friends but
according to the UNICEF representative, the media should intensify effort by engaging in campaign that will help stop violence against children. She laments the increase in the high rate of sexual abuse among children adding that the girl child should not be discriminated against but given her rightful place in the society.
A member of the child right advocates of Nigeria enumerates other types of violence which are common among children, include torture, kidnapping, and corporal punishment. Some parents she says have a common practice of abusing children causing them to lose their self esteem.