Half of world's children experiencing violence: NGO

Half of the 's children "are still experiencing some form of violence every year," a U.S.-based group said in a statement on Wednesday.

World Vision said this amounts to 1.7 billion .

"Although there have been great improvements in many areas such as education, access to healthcare and clean water, children are still suffering on a daily basis," it added.

"Children are being forced to become child soldiers; married rather than educated; and are being sexually and physically abused. 650 million girls and women alive today [..] were married before they turned 18 and over 120 million girls -- more than 1 in 10 worldwide -- will experience rape or sexual abuse before the age of 20," it went on to say.

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