Extra! Korea

August 2, 2010

Are sexual crimes against children increasing rapidly in South Korea?

Filed under: crime, youth — extrakorea @ 6:01 pm

Recent articles by the Korea Herald and Korea Times suggest that the number of sexual crimes against children has increased dramatically. But is it the number of crimes, or the reporting of said crimes, that is increasing? This excellent post by Gust of Popular Feeling strongly suggest that it is the latter.

In any case, the number of such crimes committed in South Korea outnumbers those in the United States, Britain, Japan, and Germany, sometimes dramatically.

Sex crimes against children in Korea outnumbered those in Japan by more than three times and Germany by nearly nine times, but a great number of such cases here ended up being unsettled as victims are reluctant to undergo police investigations.

[ snip ]

Another new finding by the research was Korean victims were much more reluctant to report their nightmarish experience to police than those in the other countries, a factor exacerbating the situation further.

Only one out of 168 victims contacted the police. In Britain, one out of 12.2 victims report their cases to police, while in the United States, one out of 2.7 victims did so, the research showed.

“Given this reluctance, the actual number of child sex crimes in Korea could be far higher than the number officially reported,” said Kang Eun-kyung, a senior researcher at the criminology institute.

(emphasis mine)

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