Violence Against Children in Education Settings in South Asia: A desk review
The review suggests that most incidents of violence in schools go unreported. Given the authoritarian structure of schools in the region, children fear complaining about violence committed by teachers, staff and older peers. Sexual abuse in particular remains concealed due to cultural taboos surrounding sexuality and stigma attached to those who experience abuse. For children who face violence in educational settings, the promise and pleasure of learning and discovery can quickly turn into pain, trauma and fear. Such experiences not only ruin their present but also threaten their future, as those who experience violence in childhood are more likely to become perpetrators of violence as adults.