Selangor Journal

ABIM supports Bill addressing sexual offences against children

BY: SYAZWANI SUFIAN
SHAH ALAM, APR 4: The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) supports the 2017 Sexual Offences Against Children Bill which was tabled yesterday.
ABIM President, Mohamad Raimi Ab Rahim said in view of the worrying level of sexual offences against children, the drafting of the Bill is now important.
“ABIM would also like to express our appreciation to all parliament members for expressing their concern on issues through a healthy discourse based on solid facts.
“We hope that the issues and views raised by the parliament members are taken into consideration so that the 2017 Sexual Offences Against Children Bill can be implemented to achieve its goal,” he said in a statement.
Nevertheless, he said the Bill alone is not sufficient if not without the awareness and concern from society and parents particularly to address sexual offences against children.
“This include being informed and closely monitoring the children’s safety and individuals close to them,” he said.
Referring to statistics by Social Welfare Department, there were 5,779 sexual abuse cases recorded from 2010 to 2015 with an average of 963 cases per year.
Meanwhile, statistics from Police revealed that there were 2,759 rape cases, 412 incest cases, 1,423 molest cases and 422 unnatural relationship cases involving children reported from 2015 to 2016.

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