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Children as Victims

Children can experience victimization on myriad levels. Indeed, around the world, children suffer the effects of adversity, persecution, maltreatment, neglect, sexual, physical, and psychological violence resulting in death or, sometimes permanent, physical, and/or psychological trauma, thereby ending or undermining their prospects for a self-determined and happy life.

Forms of Victimization

There are multiple forms of victimization that impact children. These include:

  • Peer-to-peer interpersonal and relational violence (e.g., bullying), including school shootings and knife crime; street and gang violence, cyberbullying, and other online victimization (blackmail, sexting, online child pornography, suicide, and mental health conditions promoted via web forums, sexual grooming, gaming, and gambling addiction);
  • Other relational violence including domestic abuse, sexual abuse and exploitation, neglect, online grooming/sexual exploitation;
  • Trafficking, forced prostitution, violence against street children;
  • Religious or cultural practices including forced-, early ...
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