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A UN report says one in 10 girls has been sexually abused by the age of 20 and a fifth of all murder victims are children and adolescents under 20.

Around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new UN report has found.

In a global study of violence against children, the child welfare agency UNICEF reveals that one fifth of all murder victims are children and adolescents under age 20.

Homicide is the leading cause of death among boys and young men aged 10 to 19 in Latin American countries including Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Brazil.

UNICEF says the study, entitled "Hidden in Plain Sight", is the largest-ever study of violence against children, drawing on data from 190 countries.

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