August 03, 2018 08:24
Reported sex crimes are on the rise even as crime overall is falling, largely because more victims feel emboldened to go to the police.
According to figures released by the National Police Agency on Tuesday, 1.66 million crimes were reported last year, down 10.1 percent from 2016. But the number of sex crimes rose by 8.7 percent.
Reported sex crimes have been rising steadily from 21,055 in 2014 to 24,110 in 2017.
Sexual assault accounted for 74.4 percent and rape for 21.7 percent. The number of reported cases involving no intercourse, like groping, rose from 389 in 2014 to 683 in 2017, a jump of 75 percent as awareness of unacceptable behavior spreads.
"We have an increase in the number of reported cases every year because the social atmosphere encourages victims to go to the police," a police officer said.
Meanwhile, the number of violent crimes committed by mentally ill people rose from 731 in 2016 to 802 in 2017. They were also more prone to reoffend.
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