Over seventy percent of children in PNG experience physical and verbal abuse from people they trust.
This was highlighted at the launch of the End Violence Against Children Campaign in Port Moresby today.
The figures are from a small scale study conducted by UNICEF in PNG.
According to the survey, eighty five percent of the fathers interviewed admitted to beating their children.
The launch signals the beginning of the year-long campaign and the countdown to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Children that will be celebrated in November.
In PNG, many children become victims of verbal, emotional and physical abuse and many more are witness to family violence.
The campaign is a collaborative effort by the government through the Community Development and National Planning Departments, PNG Coalition of Child Rights, a prominent and influential rights based entity, and Unicef to encourage families and communities to minimize the rate of violence against children.
The campaign aims to encourage children who are victims of violence to speak to somebody they trust
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