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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 28, 2015

Sexual Violence Against Adolescents

JAMA. 2015;314(4):332. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.7909

Preventing sexual violence against children has been hampered by scant information about the global scope of the problem. But new research from 7 countries with HIV epidemics that partner with the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has reported sobering statistics that at least 25% of girls and 10% of boys experienced childhood sexual violence in most of these countries. However, fewer than 1 in 10 of the survivors received health care services, legal/security aid, or counseling support.

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