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Sexual violence on rise, but arrest rate of offenders falls: data

2013/07/22 15:24

SEOUL, July 22 (Yonhap) -- Sexual assault cases in South Korea have more than doubled in the past decade, but the arrest rate of offenders has been declining, data showed Monday.

According to the Korean Women's Development Institute, a think-tank under the Prime Minister's Office, investigators reported a total of 22,034 sexual assault cases in 2011, more than double the figure in 2002.

Less than 85 percent of the offenders were arrested, down from 93.8 percent in 2002, making it the lowest arrest rate in the nine-year period.

Thirty-five percent of the cases occurred in the hours between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., the data showed. Over 12 percent took place on the street, while 11.3 percent and 11.1 percent happened near houses and lodging facilities, respectively.

Nearly 35 percent of the victims were in their 20s, while those between the ages of 16 and 20 comprised the second most common age group of victims.

Women were the overwhelming majority of victims of unwanted sexual contact with a share of 94 percent, but the ratio of male victims inched up 0.3 percentage point since 2002.