Some 6,800 cases of child abuse were reported last year, around 400 more than in 2012, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. But the actual figure is believed to be far higher as most cases go unreported.
Among those on record, 80 percent of the children were victimized by one of their parents. Biological fathers were the most common abusers, accounting for 41 percent of all cases, followed by biological mothers at 35 percent, stepmothers at 2 percent and stepfathers at 1.6 percent.
Tragically, some 40 percent of victims said they were abused almost every day. The harsh reality is that similar findings are reported every year, but little is done to address the problem.
Two recent cases, in which two women received prison sentences of 10-15 years for beating their stepdaughters to death, have prompted the public to again call on the government to formulate detailed measures to protect children.