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Vanuatu has one of the highest rates of violence against children in the world: UNICEF

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Staggering numbers of children are experiencing violence, often by those entrusted to take care of them, UNICEF said in a new report.

In Vanuatu, half of caregivers think that physical punishment is necessary to properly raise or educate children.

More than 8 in 10 children aged 2 to 4-years in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands experience violent discipline at home, according to the report.

More than 1 in 3 children aged 2 to 4-years old in Vanuatu (the third highest rate in the world) experience severe physical punishment.

Sexual abuse before the age of 15 affects 3 in every 10 children in Vanuatu.

In the Pacific, 10 out of 14 countries and territories prohibit corporal punishment in schools, but this is not fully enforced. In Vanuatu, one out of every two students experienced peer bullying.