KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 22,134 children were sexually abused from 2010 to May this year, with over half being victims of rape, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim revealed that of the sum, 13,272 were cases of children being raped, constituting 59.7%.
This was followed by 6,014 (27.04%) incidents of children being molested, 796 cases (8.07%) of incest and 1,052 cases involving unnatural sex.
Rohani went on to reveal that the highest number of rape cases involving children occurred in Johor, with 2,089 cases recorded. Selangor recorded 1,052 cases of children being molested, while Sabah recorded 263 cases of incest.
“Most of the victims were girls ,” she said during question time at the Dewan Rakyat today.
Rohani was replying to Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Ampang) who had asked for statistics on child abuse cases involving sexual and non-sexual cases according to state, gender of victim, offenders as well as relationship between the victim and the offender from 2010 to 2016.
As for non-sexual cases, a total of 2,244 physical abuse cases were recorded during the same period.
Rohani said her ministry worked with various agencies to implement various measures to carry out advocacy programmes.