One in Four Girls Are Sexually Abused Before Turning 18

  • 25 Apr 2019

The sexual exploitation of young girls and boys is more common than we think. From 2010 to May 2017, a total of 22,234 child sex abuse cases were recorded in the country, with an average of 3,176 cases every year, according to police statistics.

Most of the crimes were rapes (13,272), followed by molest (6,014), incest (1,796) and unnatural acts (1,152). 

However, Health Ministry Family Health Development Division Director Dr. Faridah Abu Bakar, in a speech in Terengganu this week, revealed something even more shocking: 25% of all girls and one in six boys under the age of 18 are victims of sexual abuse.

"If you look at these cases, they (the perpetrators) are very friendly with children because they want the children to be influenced by them.

"Therefore, as parents, we need to educate our children about limits; if someone is close to our children, what are the boundaries we need to take care of?" she said.

She also called on people to take immediate action by reporting to the authorities if they detect any crime involving children.

Source: Astro Awani
Photo Credit: Marketing Interactive & KVC Health Systems

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