Police recognized a record 2,172 child abuse victims in 2020, a survey showed Thursday.

The figure grew 9.1% from the previous year, according to the National Police Agency survey. Police detected a record 2,133 child abuse cases in 2020, up 8.2 %.

The number of children who died after being abused totaled 61.

Growing public awareness about child abuse cases and an increased effort to address them apparently led to the increase in recognized cases.

There are concerns that many hidden abuse cases exist as the coronavirus pandemic is reducing opportunities to meet people other than family members.

Of the 61 children who died, 23 were physically abused and six faced neglect. Twenty-one died in murder-suicide cases, while 11 were killed just after being born or in other situations.

Police took 5,526 children whose lives were threatened into protective custody.

Among the 2,133 detected cases, involving victims under 18 years of age, 1,756, or 82%, involved physical abuse. The number of sexual abuse cases came to 299, or 14%.

The offenders included 995 biological fathers, 588 biological mothers, 300 foster fathers and stepfathers and 210 de facto husbands of the victims’ mothers.

Police notified child consultation centers of suspected abuse against a record 106,991 children.

Of the children, some 70% were psychologically abused. In some of such cases, children witnessed their fathers or mothers receive violence from their spouses or partners.

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