Record-high 384 child abuse cases reported in 2011
Feb. 20, 2012 – TOKYO —
The number of reported child abuse cases in 2011 was a record 384, including 39 deaths, the National Police Agency said in a report. Of the 39 fatalities, 10 were infants younger than one year old.
The NPA said the number of abuse cases was 32 more than in 2010, but acknowledged the number could be greater as many cases most likely went undetected, NTV reported. In most cases, the child abuse was reported to police by hospitals after one or both parents sought treatment for their child.
The NPA said sexual abuse accounted for 96 of the cases. Other forms of abuse documented by the NPA included “neglect,” in which 17 children were not fed by their parents, and abandonment after birth, NTV reported.
Of the assailants charged by police, 33% were the children’s natural fathers, 20% were stepfathers and 29% were the mothers, the NPA said.