The government yesterday set up a new committee to prevent violence against children over the next five years.
The committee includes representatives from 13 ministries.
Ing Kanthaphavi, Minister of Women’s Affairs, said the committee will implement the government action plan for combating violence against children from 2017-2021.
“Our children still suffer from violence,” she said. “A lone or a single ministry cannot combat this, so we need ministries to join forces and tackle this social menace together to ensure our children stay safe.”
According to research conducted in 2013, children in Cambodia experience and witness violence in their public and private spheres, at home, at school, in their communities and online.
This violence was most frequently perpetrated by people children know and trust, it said.
The study found that one in every two children in Cambodia reported having experienced physical violence.
One in 20 people reported that they had experienced sexual violence before reaching the age of 18. Debora Comini, Unicef
representative to Cambodia, said violence devastates children’s chance of reaching their full potential.
The long-lasting effects of violence against children can be severe, including hindering children’s overall development and passing on violence in the home and in the community from generation to generation, Ms Comini added.
“Violence committed against children is not only an infringement of their rights but also contributes to a broad range of negative emotional, physical and psychological consequences,” she said.