The data and analysis presented in this report aim to influence the way we think and talk about the all-too-familiar faces of childhood violence. Governments, organizations and individuals everywhere should acknowledge the extent of violence against children, and intensify their efforts to end it.Protecting children and adolescents against violence is a path toward more peaceful and inclusive societies, as called for by SDG 16. International commitment to the SDGs is a way of maintaining a sharp focus on this issue, both at the global and national levels.

We have the knowledge and the tools to prevent and respond to violence against children: It will take individual and collective action to right this global wrong.

[1]  UNODC, Vienna, 2014, p. 14, available at <www.unodc.org/gsh>.