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Paraguay: They are girls, not mothers: Steps to ending sexual violence against children and adolescents and forcing girls into motherhood in Paraguay

Index Number: AMR 45/5031/2021

Each year in Paraguay, hundreds of girls under age 14 become pregnant, often as a result of rape, usually by someone close to them. Girls deserve a life free from violence. They deserve a childhood without being forced to be mothers. Authorities must immediately introduce comprehensive sexuality education into the educational system to ensure children and adolescents have the skills to raise alert if they are threatened by sexual violence. They must also finalize the long-overdue single pathway to provide comprehensive care for child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse, and avoid systemic secondary victimisation, as required by national law.

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