In this article, we talk about people accused of sexual abuse of children under 18 in Kyrgyzstan.
We analyzed 81 judgments obtained from the website of the Supreme Court. We tried to find out who commits sexual abuse of children, their social portrait and what punishments the accused can incur. Based on our analysis, it was confirmed that the majority of those accused of molesting minors are people close to the child. It also turned out that most of the accused are unemployed and people with secondary education.
After the publication, the material caused a heated discussion among readers, there was a demand to toughen the punishment for those who raped minors.
In preparing this material, we used tools such as Google Sheets, a tool for visualizations Datawrapper. The main technique for preparing the material was data analysis. Since our editorial office is small, we use ready-made services for visualizations. In addition, in the material we cited real stories of the victims.
Context about the project:
In 2021, Kyrgyzstan took 92nd place out of 186 countries in the world ranking for the duration and protection of childhood.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in just six months of 2022, more than 400 cases of violence were registered in the country. ¼ of them were cases of sexual violence.
Last summer, another action was held demanding an end to violence against children.
Deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh proposed to amend the article “Rape” in the Criminal Code, and the sentence for those accused of rape of minors was increased from 15 to 25 years.
Due to the unavailability of information, we had to scrape data from the website of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic. Then we had to analyze all the court sentences manually. The big difficulty was the change of articles of the Criminal Code. Due to the fact that the number of the article “Rape” changed several times, we looked at other crimes.
What can other journalists learn from this project?
From the judicial acts analyzed in this material, we can see the social portrait of those accused of rape of minors. Due to the fact that judicial acts contain personal data of the victim and the accused, the database used in the material is limited. Those who wish can get access by writing to the editor.