In areas where Terre des Hommes Netherlands works, several forms of child abuse are quite common. Terre des Hommes Netherlands fights this injustice through education and legal assistance.
Child abuse includes any threatening or violent interaction of physical, psychological or sexual nature that may cause physical or psychological harm to the child. This includes neglect and withholding essential aid, medical care and education. Sexual and physical abuse are forms of physical violence; in addition, forms of mental abuse also exist. Forced marriage at a very young age and ritual circumcision of girls are also forms of child abuse. Children have the right to protection from all forms of maltreatment, abuse, neglect and violence.
The World Health Organisation reports that an estimated 20 percent of all women are victims of sexual abuse. The effects of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and violence are far-reaching; not only their health but also the economic prospects of victims are affected. In conflict areas - where many refugees are given shelter - girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and assault.
Sadly enough, child abuse is common in many countries. In 2013, Terre des Hommes supported 32 projects to counter abuse in countries such as Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Bangladesh, India, Bolivia, Indonesia and Cambodia.
In the last few years we achieved the following results:
Terre des Hommes is committed to children who are victims of various forms of abuse by:
An estimated 14.2 million girls are victim of child marriage each year. These children grow up in poverty, do not have access to education and most of the time they live in remote villages and rural areas. In countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan child marriage exists on a large scale: young girls become completely dependant of their husband and are pregnant before their body is fully developed. Often there is no medical care for these girls during their pregnancy. Baby and mother mortality rates are very high. Child marriages occur in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa (37%), Latin-America and the Caribbean.