Between January and June this year, the Taipei City Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault received reports of 418 sexual assault cases, 68 percent of which were for minors. Most of the victims were junior high school and high school students between the ages of 12 and 18. A significant number of the cases included rapes committed while couples were on dates and cases where date rape drugs were used. The top three locations where sexual assaults took place were offenders’ residences, victims’ residences and schools respectively.
According to the center’s statistics, the number of sexual assault cases occurring among minors has been on the rise over the past three years, starting with 424 cases (50 percent) in 2010, 479 cases (55 percent) in 2011, and for the first half of this year there were already 285 cases, which means that the number of sexual assault cases among minors has shot up to 68 percent for the year thus far.
Chang Mei-mei, the center’s director, says that sexual assault does not occur only among strangers, but that as much as 75 percent of sexual offenders are actually acquaintances of their victims, usually blood relatives, people corresponding online, people at the ambiguous beginning phase of a relationship, and boyfriends and girlfriends.
Chang reminds people that many of the assaults are instances of “date rape” among couples that are still minors, with the males typically interpreting the females’ “no” as “I am nervous,” forcing the girls to have sex with them and claiming that the willingness was mutual when actually a crime was committed.
Modern technology also serves as a tool that makes it easier for offenders, especially cell phones, which they can coaxingly use to take intimate photos with their victims and post pictures on the Internet to threaten them.
熟識者 (shou2 shi4 zhe3)
例: Tom has many acquaintances in the police community after working as a reporter for 30 years.
2. correspond v.
通信 (tong1 xin4)
例: They corresponded for more than five years before finally meeting in person.
3. evidence n.
證據 (zheng4 ju4)
例: The case was dropped due to a lack of evidence.
Center representatives would like to remind people that as soon as they are sexually assaulted, they must first remember not to clean themselves, not to use the bathroom or change their clothes to keep from contaminating the evidence. They should go directly to the hospital for testing and make a record of the offense. The 110 national police protection hotline and the 113 national women and children’s hotline are available to victims, who should remember that the best time to collect evidence is within 72 hours of the incident.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)