Budapest (MTI) – According to a recent survey done by UNICEF Hungarian National Committee, few Hungarian children understand their rights and assume that violence by an adult is legal.

The non-representative survey of 1,191 primary and secondary school children in the 10-19 age group conducted in the autumn sought to establish whether children know their rights.

Only every third child was aware they have special rights which are different to those of adults. Half of respondents said adults do not allow them to have a say in their own affairs and every fifth said adults do not respect children, the survey said.

It showed that despite zero tolerance being in place in Hungary since 1995 against any form of violence against children, 44 percent of the respondents did not consider a slap in the face violence and 66 percent were unaware that one child hitting another constitutes assault.

Two out of three respondents would not appeal for help in an instance their rights were infringed, the survey showed.


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