Worrying rise of sexual crimes against children

Source: The Malay Mail Online

At least one of 10 children in Malaysia have been, or continue to be sexually abused, and one in four have been physically abused. ― Reuters pic

IPOH, June 10 — Malaysia’s crusade against sexual abuse is in the right direction after the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 was passed in Parliament in April.

Under the legislation, children can be regarded as competent witnesses in sexual crime cases.

Among the areas covered are child pornography, child sexual grooming, sexual assault, people who sexually assault children under their care, and the credibility of child witnesses.

But as always, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The challenge remains in reducing child sexual abuse and observers say the battle is a difficult one. Read more