Taipei, April 19 (CNA) While cases of sexual assault on men have seen a sharp rise over the past 20 years, the majority of incidents still involved women as the victims, with a male-to-female ratio of 1:10, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said Wednesday.
Between 1997 and 2016, a total of 131,134 sexual assault cases were reported, with the number of female victims accounting for 90 percent of the total, or 10.52 times that of male victims, according to statistics released by the ministry.
However, the number of cases involving male victims has risen significantly from 19 in 1997 to 1,159 in 2016, the data shows.
Chang Hsiu-yuan (張秀鴛), director of the ministry's Department of Protective Services, ascribed the increase to improved rule of law and people's better understanding of laws and regulations, which encourages people to report cases.
The statistics also reveal that the percentage of stranger-perpetrated sexual assault cases fell to 4.36 percent from 25.81 percent of the total during the period, while that of acquaintance-perpetrated cases jumped to 75.65 percent from 12.98 percent.
(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)