This report was published by the Center of Family Law of East China University of Political Science and Law (Center of Family Law of ECUPL). The statistical data on sexual abuse on children was collected from public reports (including official websites of courts and procuratorates at all levels and their published accounts). The statistical data on children's education concerning the prevention of sexual assault came from online and paper questionnaires distributed over 32 provinces.
This chapter aims to draw public attention towards the serious situation regarding sexual assault on children and the lack of relevant education. Reports have been issued by the Center of Family Law of ECUPL for four successive years, with statistical data based on the reported cases. That is to say, the real figure was likely bigger than the reported one. It is difficult for us to discover all the cases, so a large number of cases are still undisclosed.
Even with under-reporting, the Center of Family Law of ECUPL demonstrates from the statistical data from local courts and procuratorates in 2016 that over 80 per cent of assaults were perpetrated by acquaintances, and that the lack of education about child sexual abuse was highly consistent with the previous reports published by the Center of Family Law of ECUPL. The Center of Family Law of ECUPL opines that relevant departments and institutions should increase the publicity concerning this kind of crime under the laws and opinions protecting juveniles rights. This chapter can serve as a warning, provide data for other relevant studies and further improve our laws and systems.
STATISTICAL DATA OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CHILDREN IN 2016
AN UNFORTUNATE INCREASE IN REPORTED CASES
The four summaries show an average of over 1.1 reported cases per day, with an unfortunate increase of about 20 per cent per year.
According to the public reports for 2016, there were a total of 433 cases and 778 victims of child sexual assault (those under 14 years old), with an average of 1.12 cases noted daily. This figure was 27.35 per cent higher than in 2015, when 340 cases were reported, with 0.95 cases exposed daily. In 2014, a total of 503 cases were reported, with 1.38 cases reported daily.