Ayushmann Khurrana was recently appointed UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for their global campaign EVAC (Ending Violence Against Children). Today (November 20), as we celebrate ‘World Children’s Day’, the star talks about the urgent need to protect our future generations, “We know Covid-19 has not been easy for anyone, and especially children, making them more vulnerable to violence. We can prevent this by being aware and protecting the ones around us. As a UNICEF celebrity advocate, I am committed to ending violence against children,” says Ayushmann.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau (2018), every hour five cases of child sexual abuse are reported in India. He adds, “Violence against children is often hidden and not reported. Children don’t speak up and parents, even if they know, may not report. Sexual abuse is often accompanied by stigma, the reasons children and parents shy away from reporting. Another unfortunate aspect of violence against children is that violence breeds violence. Children who grow up seeing and experiencing violence often perpetuate violence.”
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