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Violence against children recedes in development – rights activist

By Lilian Okoro
Ms Veronica Ezeh, Executive Director of Adicare Rehabilitation Home, said on Wednesday that violence against children will slow down the social and economic development of any nation.

Ezeh said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Lagos.

She said that violence against children hinders the progress of society and has adverse effects on children.

“Children exposed to violence and other difficulties are more likely to smoke and abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in high-risk sexual behavior and criminal behavior,” he said. she declared.

She added that these children had higher rates of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues.

“Children who have been abused are also more likely to perpetuate the circle of violence, passing on patterns of violence to their peers or to future generations.

“Violence affects brain development, which means that the education of such a society will suffer in the future.

“If the education of a society suffers, its economic and social development will also suffer because the level of economic development of a nation depends largely on the quality of its education.

“This is a huge problem that must be solved if we want a better society in the future,” said the managing director.

According to her, violence against children could take place at home, at school, in places of worship, among others.

Ezeh added that it can take many forms, including physical, sexual and emotional, and could involve neglect or deprivation.,

She called for a multisectoral approach to end violence against children, insisting that there be more investment in children’s education.

“Violence can affect a child for the rest of their life, with serious consequences for their physical, psychological and mental health.

“No matter what form of violence a child is exposed to, their experience can have serious and lifelong consequences.

“Violence can lead to physical injury, sexually transmitted infections, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, unplanned pregnancy and even death,” she said.

(NAN)

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