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Unrelenting violence in the lives of South African children Unrelenting violence in the lives of South African children

A newly published study about children in Soweto-Johannesburg - which has followed their development from birth for more than 20 years - reveals the extent of violence to which children are exposed in their homes, at school, in their communities and in their intimate relationships with peers. Children hear gunshots outside their house, see learners being beaten up by bullies at school, witness physical violence between members of their family, and hear of rape and sexual assault of friends. Only a handful (1%) of the close to 2 000 children studied across their childhoods had not been exposed to severe forms of violence at some time in their lives. 

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