David Beckham helps end violence against children in powerful video

Music 07/12/2016

A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has been released to illustrate the brutal reality of child abuse.

During the film, scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on Beckham's body, showing the long-lasting scars of violence and abuse.

"When I launched my 7 Fund with UNICEF, I made a commitment to do everything I can to make the world a safer place for children and to speak out on issues that are having a devastating impact on children's lives," Mr Beckham says.

"One of those issues is violence. Every five minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from violence. Millions more are in danger of physical, emotional and sexual abuse that could destroy their childhoods forever."

The tragic consequences of violence affect all aspects of a child's life and can be passed down from one generation to the next, UNICEF says. Violence against children carries serious costs to all societies in every region of the world.

"Last year I visited Cambodia with UNICEF where I met and listened to children tell me about terrible violence they have experienced. I was shocked by what I heard and I saw how violence can leave deep and lasting scars. No child should have to endure this," Mr Beckham says.

"Yet in all corners of the world, in their homes, schools and on their streets, children are suffering similar violence. I hope this new project will draw attention to this urgent issue and inspire action. Violence against children is wrong and together we need to end it."

The stats:

-Approximately 1 in 10 girls under the age of 20, or around 120 million girls worldwide, have experienced sexual violence.

-Every year, roughly 6 in 10 children between the ages of 2 and 14, or nearly a billion children worldwide, are regularly subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers.

-One-third of students between the ages of 13 and 15 worldwide are regularly bullied.

-One in 3 adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide (84 million) have experienced emotional, physical or sexual violence by their husbands or partners at some point in their lives.

-UNICEF Pacific research in 2014, shows that as many as 8 out of 10 children throughout the Pacific region experience violence or abuse at some point in their life, at home, school or in their community.