Sex assault in Hong Kong up by nearly fifty percent since 2005

A great number of indecent assault cases that took place on the MTR contributed to a 47.8% rise in reported sexual violence over the last decade.

However, while more victims have spoken up, a majority of the cases brought forward have involved strangers. Sex crimes perpetrated by those the victim knew are less likely to be reported, according to the South China Morning Post.

Of the sex crimes that took place in Hong Kong in 2015, 68% involved strangers. More serious cases such as rape are more commonly perpetrated by those known to the victim, says Linda Wong Sau-yung, executive director of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (ACSVAW).

Many cases of rape and sexual assault often go unreported, as victims are less likely to come forward with a case involving people they know. She believes that there is actually much more sexual assault going on in Hong Kong than the numbers state.

Rainlily, an ACSVAW service unit that serves as a rape crisis centre received 1,151 calls in 2015. Of 486 cases of rape and sexual assault, 43% took place in domestic environments.

Photo by Leon israel (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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