80% of child abuse cases in Korea inflicted by parentUpdated: 2014-04-15 06:27:45 (KST)
According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the number of child abuse cases reported last year amounted to 68-hundred, up nearly 4-hundred cases from a year earlier.
But the actual figure is estimated to be far higher, considering those that go unreported.
Among the cases on record, 80 percent of the children were victimized by a parent.
Biological fathers were the most common abuser, accounting for 41 percent, followed by biological mothers at 35 percent and stepmothers and stepfathers at two and 1.6 percent, respectively.
If they weren't being abused at home, the most common place was at child welfare centers or day care centers, where nearly 10 percent of cases were reported.
Forty percent of the victims said they were abused almost every day.
The harsh reality is that similar findings are reported every year, but nothing is done to address the problem.
The most recent cases, in which two women received 10 and 15-year prison sentences for beating their stepdaughters to death, has shed even more light on the problem.
They've prompted the public once again to call on the government to come up with detailed measures to prevent child abuse and protect children.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.