The Kingdom of Cambodia was the first country in East Asia and the Pacific to undertake a national prevalence study on violence against children.The results of the Violence Against Children Survey 2013 provide, for the first time, national estimates that describe the magnitude and nature of sexual, physical and emotional violence experienced by girls and young women and boys and young men in childhood. The report highlights the particular vulnerabilities of boys and girls to sexual violence and the negative health consequences of these experiences on their childhoods and beyond. The results indicate that many Cambodian children experience multiple incidents of physical, emotional and sexual violence growing up; violence is often perpetrated by the very people children love and in places children ought to feel safe. Most children never talk to anyone about their experiences nor do they reach out for help. When they do, they encounter many challenges. The information presented in the report is designed to help support efforts in Cambodia to develop and implement effective child-friendly prevention strategies as well as to improve service provision for all Cambodians, especially children, both boys and girls, who experience violence.
Source of Information
The Kingdom of Cambodia Ministry of Women’s Affairs, UNICEF Cambodia, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Findings from Cambodia’s Violence Against Children Survey 2013. Cambodia: Ministry of Women’s Affairs, 2014.