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Worrying levels of violence against children

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The violation of children´s rights in Colombia occurs every day as two kids are sexually abused every hour.

Two kids are killed and three abandoned every day in Colombia, according to data by the Legal Medicine and other institutions.

Edgar Gómez, delegate of children, youth and adult of the Ombudsman's Office, indicates that in what has gone of 2017 the number of sexual violence acts and violent deaths have increased compared to 2015.

As to what refers to 2016, between January and February of that year, 2,594 children were sexually abused, an average of 43 per day, while in 2015 the cases reported had been 18,000. The departments with the highest rates of denounces are Bogotá (518), Antioquia (247) and Valle del Cauca (240).

In relation to violent deaths, between January and February 2016, 358 deaths were reported. Among the most frequent causes are homicides (142), traffic accidents (76), suicide (32) and malnutrition (55).

Other issues related to the violation of children’s rights are those connected to malnutrition, since 1 in 10 children suffer from chronic malnutrition (Unicef).

As for child pregnancies, there are 15,000 mothers between 14 and 19 and 6,500 children under 14 (Ministry of Education). Child labor is a huge problem as 1,039,000 children are working in Colombia. 46.6% do so to help with family expenses or because they must collaborate to the family economy.

A worrying aspect of violence against children is that 33% of the time violence is carried out by parents and 31% by mothers, according to a report by international NGO Save the Children.

Source: Prensa Rural

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