New Territories West has recorded a high number of sexual abuse victims in the past 31/2 years, a study revealed yesterday. The Rain Lily Centre, the only crisis centre in the city offering help to sexual abuse victims and which has handled 466 cases since 2001, was behind the study, which was based on all of the cases on its books during that time. About 25 per cent of cases were in New Territories West, with Yuen Long (8.35 per cent) topping the list of places in the district, followed by Tuen Mun (8 per cent). Kowloon East recorded 19 per cent of victims while Kowloon West and New Territories East both had 16 per cent. The Post reported last week that the number of women seeking help had more than trebled in three years. Close to 40 per cent of sexual abuse victims were found to be students, of whom more than half had suffered indecent assault, while one-third had been raped. The highest-risk group to suffer abuse were those aged between 19 and 24. Other high-risk groups included people who were mentally retarded and those suffering from mental illnesses. Women also tended to suffer sexual abuse more frequently from people they knew rather than strangers, at a ratio of 8:2. In family abuse cases, patriarchal abuse accounted for 34 per cent, abuse from brothers (19 per cent), husbands (16 per cent) and uncles (12 per cent). Irene Ng Wai-ching, service co-ordinator of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women in charge of the survey, yesterday called on the government to provide resources for social services targeting sexual abuse. 'It's a shame that the government is putting zero resources into this area, when in places like Australia, sexual abuse was an issue the government faced up to in the 1970s,' she said. Funding for the centre would run out next year, and more money would need to be found soon, she said.