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Report suggests 90 per cent of young people have experienced violent acts during lifetime

Young females also experience disproportionately more violent acts and behaviours than young males
Suzanne McGonagle

MORE than 90 per cent of young men and women in Northern Ireland have experienced one or more violent acts or behaviour at some point in their lifetime, new research reveals.

A survey by the Executive Office also shows that around 76 per cent of all 16-year-olds say they have also reported having unwanted comments about their physical appearance.

The statistics are revealed in a report, which looked at young people’s experiences of a range of violent acts and behaviours. The research was carried out as part of plans by the executive to design a strategy aimed at ending violence against women and girls.

One of the key findings is that 91 per cent of young males and 96 per cent of young females in the north have experienced one or more violent acts or behaviours at some point in their lifetime.

Young females also experience disproportionately more violent acts and behaviours than young males.

The report also highlights that young people who are not religious or those whose religion is other than Catholic or Protestant report disproportionately more experiences of violent acts and behaviours than those who identify themselves under the two denominations.

Young people with disabilities also experience more violence, while those with sexual orientation other than heterosexual appear to be targeted more those who identify as heterosexual.

Other figures show that almost one in five young males believe that posting jokes or nasty comments of a sexual nature on social media or cat calling, wolf whistling and shouting at someone in the street are acceptable behaviours.

More than half of young females surveyed personally knew someone who has touched, hugged or kissed a girl or woman without her agreement.

Four in 10 young males personally know someone who has posted a joke or made nasty comments of a sexual nature on social media about a girl or a woman or someone who has shared intimate photos or videos of a girl or woman without her agreement (40 per cent).

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