Half of the 10,000 annual victims of sexual crimes in Spain are children

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Half of the victims (4,542) of sexual crimes in Spain last year were children Photo Credit: Shutterstock

IN Spain there were 9,537 reported victims of sexual crimes in 2017.

According to a report from the Ministry of the Interior, the first of its kind to assess crimes against freedom and sexual indemnity, almost half of the victims (4,542) were children.

The report indicates a rise in recent years of reported sexual crimes and in particular an increase in sexual cybercrime and sexual penetration assaults, with figures for these crimes doubling since 2012.

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There were 731 reported cases of sexual cybercrime and sexual penetration involving children as opposed to 351 known cases in 2012.

Most of the victims are female and the majority of the aggressors are male, according to the report.

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