One-time questioning for sex assault victims
Thu, Jan 07, 2010
The China Post/Asia News Network

AIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei City and the Ministry of Justice jointly inaugurated one-time reporting stations for victims of sexual assault to spare them the additional stress of second interviews, yesterday

Minister of Justice, Wang Ching-feng, and Taipei City Mayor, Hau Lung-bin, attended the press conference to announce the inauguration.

The service will involve the city hospital, Taipei and Shilin Prosecutors Offices, social workers and police officials.

With the service, victims may report the case in any branch of the Taipei City Hospital and receive a medical examination. Law enforcers and social workers would arrive in the hospital to make written records of the case and to provide counseling.

Victims used to report cases in police stations, acquire the medical proof in hospitals, and answer questions from prosecutors, said Jiang Hsing-hui, chairman of the city's Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

The new procedure will save the victims a lot of time and spare them the added stress of repeating the stories again and again, Jiang added.

A survey revealed that 395 sexual assault cases were reported in Taipei City last year. 94 percent of victims were female.

The city tested the one-stop reporting process in June last year, at Taipei City Hospital, Zhonghsiao Branch, but the effort did not ease the number of sexual offenses.

This year, the city decided to integrate the city hospital and law enforcers to help combat the crime rate.

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