Police report over 30,000 children abused in 1st half of 2017
Japan Today -- Sep 22
Japanese police reported a record-high 30,262 children as suspected abuse victims to welfare authorities in the first half of 2017, on the back of increased public awareness of the issue, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

The number of minors aged below 18 reported by police to child consultation centers rose 5,751 from a year earlier, exceeding the 30,000 mark for the first time since comparable data became available in 2011.

The police offered emergency protection to 1,787 children in the January-June period due to threats to their lives, up 236 from a year earlier.

An agency official attributed the rise to heightened awareness among citizens that prompted more people to report child abuse cases. The child consultation centers provide temporary shelter to children or dispatch staff to families with potentially abused children as a way to keep problems from getting worse.

The number of minors who suffered from psychological abuse including verbal violence accounted for 70.7 percent of the total at 21,406. Among them, the number of children witnessing acts of domestic violence within their families saw more than a fivefold increase to 13,859 from the first half of 2012.

The figure for physical abuse stood at 5,723, accounting for 18.9 percent, neglect at 3,036, or 10.0 percent, and sexual abuse at 97, or 0.3 percent.

Child victims in criminal cases stood at 519, of which 27 died. Of the 519, 273 were girls and sexual abuse victims accounted for 26.0 percent of them.

The police launched criminal investigations in 511 cases, down 17 from a year earlier, with physical abuse comprising 411 cases.

The cases involved 528 suspected perpetrators, of whom 72 were investigated for sexual abuse. Among the sexual abuse suspects, 26 were the victims' fathers, 27 adoptive fathers or stepfathers and eight common-law husbands of the victims' mothers.

Meanwhile, the police also said they probed a record 1,142 child pornography cases in the January-June period, up 123 from a year before.

The number of child pornography productions increased 106 cases from a year earlier to 724. Provision and displays of pornography such as sharing of images among pedophiles stood at 387 cases, and possession of such images at 31.

今年上半期、全国で虐待されているとして警察が児童相談所に通告した子どもの数が過去最悪だったことが分かりました。 警察庁によりますと、今年1月から6月までに虐待されているとして全国の警察が児童相談所に通告した子どもの数は3万262人で、6年連続で増加し、過去最悪となりました。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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