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10/30/2008 --Despite frequent calls for the government and society to take action, no serious efforts have been made so far to reduce child abuse in Taiwan. As a result, mistreatment of children has been increasing steadily on the island over recent years.

That is evidenced by a report released recently by the Republic of China Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF). According to the report, a case of child abuse occurs every 32 minutes in the Taiwan area, a child dies of violence every one and a half days and, in the majority of the cases, the abuser is the cohabitant of the child’s parent. We assume those statistics are based on reports formally registered with the authorities. The fact is, the actual number of children who are victims of child abuse must be far larger. Most cases of child abuse are not reported and officially recorded.

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