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Juvenile sex crimes rise as overall numbers drop

Date Posted: 2008-07-31

The number of sex crimes committed in Okinawa during the first half of 2008 declined slightly, but crimes involving children under 12 have risen.

The Okinawa Prefecture Police report shows 41 sex crimes during January~June, down four cases from the same period a year ago. Nineteen of those cases, though, involved young children. “These are just numbers we have to report,” says a police official, “but we’re sure there are cases never reported. We just don’t know how many damaging sex crimes are not reported to police.”

Of the 19 cases involving youngsters under 12, police say two were committed against kids under age five. Teen sex crimes accounted for 14 cases, while 13 involved victims 20~29 years of age.

Okinawa Prefecture Police say sex crimes have been dropping over the past few years, down from a high of 144 cases in 2003 to 74 cases in 2006. There were 88 sex crimes committed and reported last year, and police say this year’s totals are slightly encouraging. They temper that belief, though, by emphasizing that because many people are embarrassed to report sex crimes, the true numbers may never be known.

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