TACK­LING

New Straits Times - - Opinion -

RE­CENTLY, it was re­ported that a 63-yearold woman had been raped twice by her hus­band’s friend. Be­ing raped is the worst night­mare for women, but there are no words that can de­scribe the agony of a 63-year-old woman.

The is­sue of el­derly sex­ual crimes is a ma­li­cious act preva­lent in so­ci­ety.

The fo­cus of this ar­ti­cle is to iden­tify ways in which so­ci­ety can be ed­u­cated on this mat­ter and to find a so­lu­tion.

Peo­ple talk about child sex crimes but ne­glect el­derly citizens.

Like chil­dren, they need to be heard and given at­ten­tion. They need to be re­spected and treated with dig­nity.

Is there so much of a dif­fer­ence be­tween sex­ual of­fences against chil­dren and of that against el­derly women?

They are the weak­est, the least likely to be be­lieved and are the rapist’s most vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims.

The law is silent on this. It is im­per­a­tive to cre­ate a le­gal frame­work to hold so­ci­ety re­spon­si­ble

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