Suspected child abuse victims top 65,000 in 2017

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The number of children suspected to have been abused in Japan in 2017 topped 65,000 in 2017, hitting another record high, police data showed Thursday.

Police referred 65,431 suspected abuse victims under 18 to child consultation centers, up about 20 percent from the previous year. The total rose for the 13th straight year since the statistics began in 2004, according to the National Policy Agency data.

“The growing public awareness of child abuse apparently led to an increase in reports from local communities,” an NPA official said.

The number of children believed to have suffered psychological abuse, including verbal assaults, stood at 46,439, about 70 percent of the total. More than 60 percent of them were exposed to violence, mainly between their parents.

Physical abuse was suspected for 12,343 children, while 6,398 appeared to have incurred negligence or neglect, and 251 seemed to have been sexually abused.

The number of children taken into protective custody temporarily by police in emergency cases, including life-threatening situations, rose to a record 3,838.

Police took action on 1,138 child abuse cases, up by 57. Physical abuse cases, such as injuries and murders, accounted for about 80 percent. Speech

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