Devils you know: Minors raped, attacked by family members, friends

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bukit Aman D11 Dep Principle Asst Director Supt Siti Kamsiah Hassan about sexual harassment case at Bukit Aman. Picture by – Zuraneeza Zulkifli.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Nearly nine in ten minors raped in the last two years were attacked by people they know, police data revealed.

While the common fear is of attacks by strangers, most of the rapists were boyfriends, close acquaintances, and even family members.

The fact, in turn, presents the police with a two-fold problem that hampers investigations and successful prosecutions.

Bukit Aman Sexual, Women, and Child Investigations (D11) Division Assistant Director Supt Siti Kamsiah Hassan explained that when victims are attacked by people they know, they tend to hesitate in coming forward immediately — or at all.

For investigators, the delay can make all the difference between an airtight case and one that seems like mere allegations.

Immediate reports allow investigators a chance to collect crucial medical evidence to build a case against the attacker. Even a day’s delay can result in much of this being lost permanently.

“They have probably showered and cleaned themselves, making it harder to obtain forensic evidence,” she told Malay Mail in a recent interview, referring to the victims. Read more