Japan Police Launch National Hotline for Sex Crime Victims (News)
Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)—Police across Japan started on Thursday fielding phone calls made to an emergency speed-dial number by sex crime victims seeking advice.
The helpline, which can be reached from anywhere in Japan at #8103, was opened to encourage more victims of sexual offenses to call police, the National Police Agency said.
Before the dedicated line was set up, victims had to contact the police department in their respective prefectures when they wanted to consult with specialists.
The new system is expected to help prevent sexual assaults from being concealed, as it gives the victims easier access to the police, the agency said.
In the five years through 2016, the police confirmed about 1,000 to 1,400 rape cases each year.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]