Reports of child abuse up 39.77% in first half of 2010
TAIWAN — The number of suspected child abuse cases reported to authorities rose dramatically in the first half of 2010 compared to a year earlier, indicating increased awareness in society of the issue, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said yesterday. A total of 13,130 cases were reported from January to June, 40.4 percent more than during the same period in 2009, and 9,039 of those cases, an increase of 39.77 percent, were confirmed, according to MOI statistics. Those aged 6-11 accounted for 3,305, or 36.56 percent, of the victims, and those aged 0-5 accounted for 2,262, or 25.03 percent. On the background of the abusers, 6,512, or 75.02 percent, were the victims’ parents or foster parents. The number of abusers who were live-in partners of one of the parents was up 49.3 percent from last year to reach 212, while the number of abusers who were relatives of the victims but not their parents jumped 42.11 percent to 459.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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