Budapest (MTI) – Annually, over 15,000 children fall victim to violent crimes in Hungary, UNICEF’s Hungarian committee reported on Wednesday.

In its report, the committee said that while corporal punishment is less frequent, many respondents in an online survey indicated that they did not even consider verbal abuse a form of violence.

Sixteen percent of the 7,000 respondents in the survey said they did not think slapping a child was a physical assault and one third said yelling at a child was “OK”.

Citing official figures, authors of the report said that nearly 80,000 crimes were committed against children during the past 5 years. The cases included over 8,000 instances of jeopardising a minor and 300 cases of sexual violence.


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