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Sexual assaults usually occur amongst friends

Staff writer, with CNA

As many as 80 percent of sexual assaults occur between acquaintances, a sexual assault prevention center said yesterday, urging the public to take precautions against date rape ahead of Valentine’s Day today.

Statistics show that 80 percent of the 846 reported sexual assaults last year occurred between people who were not strangers, the Taipei City Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault said.

The center said people who correspond online often go out on Valentine’s Day with certain intentions in mind, which could possibly lead to rape or unwanted sex.

For example, a women might expect a candle-lit dinner, while a male might have his mind fixed on spending the evening in bed, the center said.

About 25 percent of sexual assaults take place in the offender’s residence, followed by 24 percent at the victim’s place and 13 percent in hotel rooms, the center said.

Chang Mei-mei (張美美), the center’s director, reminded the public that victims of sexual assault should remember not to shower, go to the toilet or change their clothes before reporting the assault and obtaining a medical assessment so evidence could be collected.

To make it easier for sexual assault victims to report the crime, Taipei City Hospital and Wan Fang Hospital offer a “one-stop service,” in which the police, social workers and prosecutors come to the hospital to assist the victim, the center said.

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