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Sexual violence in Zimbabwe: Shocking experience for Priyanka Chopra

One out of three children under 18 in Zimbabwe has suffered some form of sexual violence, says Actress Priyanka Chopra, on her visit to the southern African country as a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) goodwill ambassador.

The Actress said that, she is very disappointed with the rate of sexual violence against children in Zimbabwe. The government officials told her that many young girls are “asking for it.”

She said it was “an eye-opening experience” meeting girls who had been shunned by society and thrown out of their homes after being raped. Girls are told it’s their fault.

One out of three children under 18 in Zimbabwe has suffered some form of sexual violence. In neighbouring South Africa its one out of five, she said.

“I heard a lot of this when I asked these government officials who said girls are asking for it,” she said. Some girls were as young as 3 when they were raped by their fathers, uncles or other relatives, she said.

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