Share of Close Relatives Among Sex Offenders On the Rise: Data | Be Korea-savvy

Share of Close Relatives Among Sex Offenders On the Rise: Data

(image: Korea Bizwire / Kobiz Media)

(image: Korea Bizwire / Kobiz Media)

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire)About 1.5 out of 10 sexual violence cases that a civic group consulted on last year were committed by close relatives, data showed Monday.

In the 537 sexual violence consultation cases conducted in 2021 by the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center, the share of those committed by relatives stood at 14.2 percent or 76 cases, up from 5.4 percent or 64 cases in 2018.

Among the sexual violence cases committed by relatives, the share of indecent assault stood at 46.1 percent or 35 cases, higher than the 35.9 percent reported among overall sexual violence consultation statistics.

The share of rape was 43.3 percent or 33 cases, higher than the 35.4 percent reported in overall statistics.

When it came to the age of sex offenders, adults aged over 20 years accounted for 39 cases or 51.3 percent.

If sexual offenders are classified by their relationship with victims, full brothers and sisters accounted for 21 cases (27.6 percent), followed by cousins with 18 cases (23.7 percent), biological fathers with 15 cases (19.7 percent), uncles with 11 cases (14.5 percent) and stepfathers with 7 cases (9.2 percent).

About half of the victims (36 cases or 47.4 percent) suffered the violence when they were between eight and thirteen years old.

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