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One in 10 girls sexually abused, says UN report

Published:Friday | September 5, 2014 | 10:54 AM

A United Nations report says about 120 million girls around the world have been raped or sexually assaulted by the age of 20.

That figure represents slightly more than one in 10 girls.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) also says 95,000 children and teenagers mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean were murdered in 2012 alone.

It notes that children around the globe are routinely exposed to violence, including bullying.

UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake says the violence cuts across boundaries of age, geography, religion, ethnicity and income brackets.

The document draws on data from 190 countries.

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