October 27, 2012 08:13
Three out of five school children who are victims of sexual assault do not tell their parents, and one out of three do not tell anybody, a survey reveals.
According to the 2011 survey on youth rights by the National Youth Policy Institute, 195 or 62.5 percent of 313 respondents who were sexually assaulted over the previous year said their parents do not know.
The gender breakdown showed that some 56.6 percent of girls and 68.3 percent of boys who were assaulted did not inform their parents.
Some 92 of the victims or 30.3 percent said they did not discuss their ordeal with anyone.
If they did talk to somebody, it was most commonly friends with 38.2 percent, followed by guardians with 21.7 percent, and teachers with 2.6 percent. Seventy-four out of 152 girls talked about it only with their friends.
The older the children were and the poorer their family was, the less the children tended to talk to their guardians.
Lim Hee-jin, a researcher at the institute, said, "It seems that schoolchildren who were sexually abused endure their physical and mental distress by themselves because of embarrassment or fear of criticism."
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