Victims of Reported Sex Crimes Getting Younger

      October 07, 2009 12:24

      An increasing number of sex crimes against children and adolescents are being reported, with the ages of both victims and offenders getting younger. The number of victims of reported crimes grew from 13,446 in 2005 to 17,178 in 2008, according to data submitted to Grand National Party lawmaker You Jung-hyun of the National Assembly's Public Administration and Security Committee by the National Police Agency on Tuesday.

      Of the victims, those aged 15 or younger accounted for 2,676 or 15.6 percent last year, up from 1,402 or 10.4 percent in 2005. The ratio of victims in their 20s or 30s fell slightly from 43.4 percent to 42.6 percent over the same period. "Every year, some 150 children aged under seven and 1,000 elementary school students become the victim of sexual abuse," You said.

      But the sex offenders are also getting younger. Those in their 20s made up 25.2 percent in 2008, slightly down from 27.4 percent in 2005. Meanwhile, the ratio of those aged 15 or under rose from 2.4 percent in 2005 to 4.4 percent in 2008.

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