ULAN BATOR, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia's National Police Agency (NPA) said Tuesday that it has launched a month-long national campaign dubbed "Cast No Shadow" with other relevant organizations to prevent crime, especially sexual assault, against children.
"At least 160 children, mostly girls have been affected by sexual assault across the country in the first eight months of this year. The majority of the perpetrators of the sexual violence are people close to the victims, including their stepfathers, brothers, relatives and even biological fathers," the NPA said in a statement.
A total of 676 children have been sexually assaulted across the country over the past three years, according to the NPA.
Divorce and a lack of adequate parental care are said to be the main factors for children to be sexually assaulted.
According to Mongolian law, a man convicted of raping a child under 14 years old will be punished with 12 to 20 years in prison or a life sentence. A man who is found guilty of raping a child aged 14-18 can be sentenced between two and eight years.