More Children Fall Victim to Abuse

      February 17, 2015 10:34

      More children under 13 have been reported as suffering sexual or physical abuse, according to a survey by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.

      The poll of 28,487 victims at 34 help centers for children and women nationwide last year shows that 72.6 percent were abused sexually and 19.4 percent physically, and 0.8 percent were lured into prostitution. The remainder fell victim to other kinds of violence.

      Some 3.8 percent more victims than the previous year sought help at the centers. A total of 3,515 girls under 13 suffered sexual violence, up 8.7 percent or 281 on-year, as did 545 boys, up 28.8 percent. The figures account for 18 percent of all female victims of sexual violence (19,618) and more than half of all male victims (1,075).

      The number of children who suffered sexual abuse rose from 3,152 in2012 to 4,060 in 2014. But the number of juvenile victims aged 13-18 dropped 6.9 percent on-year to 4,936.

      Meanwhile, a total of 5,517 people fell victim to domestic violence, and 93.1 percent were female. Some 10.7 percent (or 512) were children under 13, up a staggering 131.7 percent from 221 in 2013 and a much sharper increase than in other age brackets.

      "Since the law on child abuse prevention came into effect last September, there have been many more efforts to help children through the centers," a ministry official said.

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