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Foundation seeks help for abused, violated children

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Worried by the level of societal abuse against children, Maggiecares Foundation has called for help for the displaced, abused, depressed children and teenagers in the country. Founder of the foundation, Miss Aigbepue Margaret, who made the call in Lagos, noted that there was urgent need for the displaced, abused and depressed young victims to seek help.

She stressed that the call was in line with the United Nation’s Standard Development Goals 4, 5 and 10.
According to her, “based on UNICEF’s report in 2015, one in four girls have experienced sexual violence before the age of 18. This is a worrisome statistics as this negatively impacts the lives of the abused children or teenagers.

“Also, there has been an increase in suicide rate, which can be linked to mental-related causes such as depression or abuse. One-fifth of the suicide cases seen by the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) are those between aged 13 and 19 years with mental health the main cause of each of the suicide cases,” she noted.

Aigbepue stressed that Maggiecares Foundation is committed to ensuring that an average child is educated and secured, equipped to reach his or her full potentials.

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