Abused Children in Japan Top 30,000 in First Half of 2017 (News)
Tokyo, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)—The number of children suspected to have been abused in Japan in January–June 2017 topped 30,000, the first time ever for the figure to reach this level since half-year data started to be compiled in 2011, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
Police referred a total of 30,262 suspected abuse victims aged 17 or younger to child consultation centers in the first six months of this year, up 23.5% from a year before. The first-half figure increased for the sixth straight year.
The continued rise came as reports to police have been increasing on the back of growing public awareness of the problem of child abuse, NPA officials said.
The number of children who faced psychological abuse, including verbal assaults such as a threat to kill and witnessing domestic violence, stood at 21,406, accounting for some 70% of the total. Of them, 13,859, up 19.2% from a year earlier, were exposed to violence, mainly between parents.
Physically abused children increased 13.9% to 5,723, while 3,036 children, up 12.9%, suffered negligence or neglect. By contrast, the number of sexually abused children fell 24.8% to 97.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]