Over 89,000 minors subjected to violence in 2012

One in five rape victims is a minor, Russia's children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov said.

"The fact that almost every fifth rape victim is a child is causing great concern," Astakhov said while speaking at a meeting of regional judges on Tuesday.

Over 89,000 minors were subjected to violence in 2012, Astakhov said. The share of underage victims gained 12 percent, the share of killed teenagers grew 21.5 percent (2,139 children), he said.

The amount of "pedophilia-related" crimes has increased to approximately 8,800, with 4,000 are rapes and sexual assaults, including 3,200 cases of abuse of young children, Astakhov said.

In the past 10 years cases of sexual abuse of boys have doubled.

Internet crimes have grown as well. Astakhov said he was concerned society was underestimating the threat of compromise the morals of underage children.

Astakhov said it was necessary to introduce an accurate definition of child pornography and accountability for making, storing, and moving across borders child pornography without intent to distribute and sell it, otherwise "we will become a huge archive of child pornography," he said.

Astakhov submitted the relevant suggestion to Russian Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev, who promised to discuss it with Astakhov and to consider it.

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