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1 in 3 Tanzanian girls are sexually abused

August 10, 2011

UNICEF just released a study that found that nearly 1 in 3 Tanzanian girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.  The rate of sexual abuse for boys is approximately 1 in 7.

From BBC News: UNICEF official Andy Brooks said the survey was the most comprehensive carried out on this issue in any country and showed the government was prepared to tackle the problem.

“Tanzania is the first country with the courage to expose the full extent of child abuse among boys and girls,” he told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

The survey also found that of those who had sex before they turned 18, 29.1% of females and 17.5% of males reported that their first encounter was unwilling.

To read the full BBC News article, click here.

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