Suspected Child Abuse Victims Hit Record 80,000 in Japan

Politics Society

Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)--The number of children referred by Japanese police to child consultation centers across the country as suspected victims of abuse hit a record high of 80,104 in 2018, up by 14,673, or 22.4 pct, from the preceding year, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.

The NPA data covered people aged up to 17.

Child abuse incidents continue to increase. The number of suspected cases in 2018 was up by about 13-fold from the level 10 years before.

"People's awareness of the problem of child abuse has increased on the back of promotion activities, leading to rises in the numbers of reports to and consultations with police," an NPA official said.

In 2018, the number of children suspected to have faced psychological abuse, such as suffering verbal assaults and being exposed to violence between their parents, stood at 57,326, accounting for 71.6 pct of the total.

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