Gerakan wants name-and-shame list for child sexual abusers

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PETALING JAYA: The government should take its proposed Child Act (Amendment) Bill 2015 a step further by providing a name-and-shame list of those previously convicted of sexual harassment, said Gerakan.

In emphasising the need for a better framework surrounding sexual abuse cases, especially when it involved children, head of Gerakan’s woman’s wing, Tan Lian Hoe said the name-and-shame list could work as an effective deterrent to potential sex offenders.

“Many women in Malaysia continue to live their entire lives haunted by childhood sexual abuse; it is a crime that must not be given impunity where perpetrators often escape scot free.

“The public education, enforcement and prosecutorial system must also be beefed up, apart from enhancing the law,” said Tan in a statement issued today.

Applauding the move taken by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development who yesterday revealed a registry for child abusers was in the works, Tan said the development was warranted in view of rising child abuse, molest and rape cases in the country.

The registry, she explained, would prevent any untoward incidents from happening in the future and would be an important document for schools and daycare centres.

Tan however, was disappointed with the low conviction rate of sexual abuse cases involving children and called for stronger enforcement from the relevant authorities.