Victims under 16 had an average delay of 13.2 years before they sought help. This was 10 times that of the 1.2-year average for adults. Photo: Shutterstock

Underage victims of sex crimes wait 10 times longer than adults to seek help, with one case taking 58 years, Hong Kong study finds

  • Researchers attribute worrying trend to a conservative culture where victims feel too ashamed to speak out or fear they will be blamed
  • Some cases were never brought to court because of a lack of evidence or a withdrawal of complaint
Topic |   Sexual harassment and assault

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Victims under 16 had an average delay of 13.2 years before they sought help. This was 10 times that of the 1.2-year average for adults. Photo: Shutterstock
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