Nearly 2,000 child sex abuse cases reported annually: hospital

Taipei, Almost 2,000 children report being sexually abused every year in Taiwan, according to a Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH) pediatric physician at a press conference held to increase public awareness of the issue Thursday.

Hu Mei-hua (???), a CGMH Pediatric General Medicine physician, defined child sexual abuse as involving the use of authority, violence or money to induce or force children and adolescents under the age of 18 to engage in sexual acts.

The definition includes lewd acts, sexual assault, sex in the form of prostitution or with the exchange of money, sexual touching or stimulation of genitalia, sexual intercourse, making or allowing children to watch pornography, using children to produce pornography and live sex or sexual performances involving children, Hu pointed out.

Citing Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) statistics, Hu said over the past 10 years in Taiwan, an average of 41 out of every 100,000 children have reported being sexually abused, which equates to 1,935 cases annually or an average of approximately 5.3 cases daily.

From 2001 to 2010, the average age of the 91 children who sought medical attention in the CGMH emergency room for sexual abuse was 13-17, with 96.7 percent girls, Hu noted.

Approximately 35 percent, 32 out of the 91 victims, had been subject to repeated sexual abuse, Hu added.

As many as 75 percent of the perpetrators in these cases were family members or people known to the victims, Hu said, adding that the abuse most often occurred at the victim's home or a place they frequently visited

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel