December 26, 2012 12:38
An average of 60 sex crimes a day were reported last year, and the number of people arrested for them surpassed 20,000 for the first time, prosecutors said last week.
The Supreme Public Prosecutors' Office said a total of 22,034 rapes and sexual assaults were reported in 2011, averaging 60.4 a day and a 61.6 percent increase from 2007. The number of reported sex crimes is on the increase, rising from 13,634 in 2007 to 19,939 in 2010.
The actual number is believed to be higher because many sex crimes go unreported if victims are afraid to go public. Some experts say the actual number could be as much as nine times higher.
Sex crimes occurred most frequently at night between 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., on weekends, and in the summer. A total of 7,706 sex crimes occured at the night and in the small hours, while 3,007 cases were reported from noon to 6 p.m. Some 31.7 percent of the crimes occurred between July and September and 30.6 percent on weekends.
Seoul saw the biggest proportion of sex crimes with 61.4 incidents per 100,000 people, followed by Bucheon (60.9) and Suwon (56.9), both in Gyeonggi Province. The national average is 43.4 cases per 100,000 population.
Meanwhile, the number of murders and attempted murders totaled 1,221 cases last year, or 3.3 a day.
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