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A descriptive study of sexually abused children in China

Authors:

Fuyong Jiao ,

Children’s Hospital, Shaanxi Provincial People’s Hospital, China, CN
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Children’s Hospital, Shaanxi Provincial People’s Hospital, China
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Wenyan Jiao,

Department of Psychology, Shaanxi Provincial People’s Hospital, China, CN
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Department of Psychology, Shaanxi Provincial People’s Hospital, China
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Bilal Haider Shamsi,

Medical School, Xi,an Jiaotong University, China, CN
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Medical School, Xi,an Jiaotong University, China
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Jing Lin

Department of Medicine, Beijing University, China, CN
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Department of Medicine, Beijing University, China
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Abstract

Background: Chinese children are vulnerable to sexual victimization but little is known about the prevalence or characteristics of Chinese children who have experienced sexual abuse.

Objective: To assess prevalence and characteristics of child sexual abuse in China 

Method: We have collected and systematically analysed the records of children evaluated for sexual abuse from 2007 to 2010. Statistical analysis of our data was accomplished with SPSS 13.0 software. 

Results: From 2007-2010, 1998 cases of alleged sexual abuse were investigated in children between 0-18 years of age. Females accounted for 95.2% of victims. When cases reported in 2008 and 2009 were compared with previous years, there was a significant increase (p<0.05). Children aged between 12 to 15 years were more vulnerable to be hurt (p<0.05). During 2010, most of the children were abused by acquaintances and there is a significant difference from 2009 in that strangers were more risky to children (p<0.05). In the recent two years (2009 and 2010), the Internet also shows its power and there is no difference between Internet and newspaper.

Conclusion: Child sexual abuse is a serious societal problem in China.

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2015; 44(1): 12-16

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v44i1.7957

 

How to Cite: Jiao, F., Jiao, W., Shamsi, B.H. and Lin, J., 2015. A descriptive study of sexually abused children in China. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 44(1), pp.12–16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v44i1.7957
Published on 08 Mar 2015.
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