Those who com­mit in­cest have twisted logic, say crim­i­nol­o­gists

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Those guilty of com­mit­ting in­cest of­ten jus­tify it as their way of ed­u­cat­ing the vic­tim on sex­ual mat­ters, crim­i­nol­ogy ex­perts said.

Crim­i­nol­o­gist Dr Mo­ham­mad Rahim Ka­malud­din said the of­fend­ers tended to ex­hibit dis­torted think­ing, be­lief or rea­son­ing pat­terns such as giv­ing sex lessons to the vic­tims.

He said they did not con­sider the act as il­le­gal, but as their re­spon­si­bil­ity to teach their child, sib­ling, grand­child or other spe­cific fam­ily mem­bers about sex.

This, he said, was com­monly used as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to mit­i­gate their feel­ings of guilt.

Rahim said this was usu­ally preva­lent among fa­ther-daugh­ter re­la­tion­ships and be­tween sib­lings.

“For a fa­ther-daugh­ter in­cest, he feels re­spon­si­ble to teach her sex­ual re­la­tions.

“Some of them feel that ‘Since I am pro­vid­ing ev­ery­thing for her, it is okay if I do this’… th­ese men like to claim own­er­ship.

“As in most in­cest cases be­tween sib­lings, they do not feel it wrong to do it with the same gen­der, but will con­sider im­moral if it is com­mit­ted with the op­po­site sex.

“Some also feel that the vic­tims are un­der their cus­tody and con­trol. They feel con­fi­dent that they can per­form a sex­ual act as it is eas­ier to ma­nip­u­late and hide it from oth­ers,” he told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

In­cest, Rahim said, was not pre­dictable but the first thing peo­ple should do was stop con­don­ing such an act, re­gard­less of who was in­volved.

He said in cer­tain Asian cul­tures, in­cest tended to go un­re­ported as peo­ple wished to pro­tect their fam­ily hon­our.

“They (the of­fender and fam­ily mem­bers) try to gain sym­pa­thy from the vic­tim, it is ig­nored and the abuse con­tin­ues.

“Look for signs such as their walk­ing gait… If the vic­tim was sodomised, he or she might be in pain and have dif­fi­culty walk­ing. “If a par­tic­u­lar per­son is afraid of an­other fam­ily mem­ber, there must be some­thing wrong.

“Bring them to counselling ses­sions or have dis­cus­sions with­out the pres­ence of the per­son they fear,” he said.

An­other crim­i­nol­ogy ex­pert, Datuk Akhbar Satar, said those who com­mit­ted in­cest had im­proper ac­cess to their chil­dren.

He said when the of­fend­ers had no other “source” to have le­git­i­mate sex­ual re­la­tions, they would sim­ply grab the chil­dren to sat­isfy their lust.

“More­over, the vic­tims are usu­ally too scared to re­port such en­coun­ters. Of­fend­ers are usu­ally ‘high’ on sex­ual im­ages and are ob­sessed with pornog­ra­phy that they hal­lu­ci­nate rape scenes.

“There are those who also use rape as a ‘tool’ for pun­ish­ment.”

Rahim and Akhbar said it was time Malaysians were more sen­si­tive to their sur­round­ings and not take a pas­sive stand.

Rahim said: “Be proac­tive. Whether it hap­pens or not is sec­ondary. The pri­or­ity is to erad­i­cate it. Don’t be a by­stander.

“The le­gal sys­tem and au­thor­i­ties have done their best to pro­tect the chil­dren, es­pe­cially with the new Spe­cial Court for Sex­ual Crimes Against Chil­dren.” By Tas­nim Lokman

Dr Mo­ham­mad Rahim Ka­malud­din

Datuk Akhbar Satar

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