The 2019 National Adolescent Health Survey, carried out by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) revealed that in Paraíba about 17.6% of students aged 13 to 17 have suffered an accident or physical aggression at some point in the 12-month period. prior to the survey. The number was above the regional average (16.4%), but below the national (18.2%).
In the state, this proportion was higher among men (19.7%) than among women (15.5%). In general, the main types of injury were: cut or perforation (27.3%); broken bone or dislocated joint (11.2%); burn (10.5%); and blow or other injury to the head or neck (7.1%).
: Read more: IBGE reveals that one in five students has suffered sexual violence
If considering the period of 30 days prior to the survey, 10.6% of adolescents who attend schools were involved in fights with physical struggle, in Paraíba, a percentage equal to the general average for the country and higher than that of the Northeast (8.9%) . Another 3.2% were involved in a fight in which someone used a firearm.
In addition, 13.4% reported that, at some point in their lives, someone had touched, manipulated, kissed or exposed body parts against their will. This percentage was lower both than the national (14.6%) and the regional (13.5%) average. In the female group, the percentage (17.8%) was almost twice that of the male group (8.9%).
Already 5.6% reported that, at some point in their lives, someone threatened, intimidated or forced them to have sex or any other sexual act against their will. The proportion was higher among women (6.8%) than among men (4.4%).
More than half of the students (56.6%) declared that they were under 13 years old when this happened, while 11% were 13 years old; 16% were 14; 7.2% had 15; 3.3% had 16; and 4.9% were 17 years old.
Source: BoF Paraíba
Edition: Heloisa de Sousa