Moth­ers rally to fight child sex­ual abuse

> Cacsa starts pe­ti­tion to seek harsher laws against preda­tors

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY VATHANI PANIRCHEL­LVUM

KUALA LUMPUR: Alarmed by the ris­ing num­ber of child sex­ual abuse cases, a group of moth­ers have come to­gether to fight for jus­tice and bring a change.

To start the ball rolling, they have formed the “Cit­i­zen Against Child Sex­ual Abuse” (Cacsa) group and have started a pe­ti­tion to seek sup­port from mem­bers of par­lia­ment on the new bill on child pro­tec­tion.

“We are happy the gov­ern­ment has re­alised the need for bet­ter laws to pro­tect chil­dren in Malaysia. The bill is timely and we hope it would seal the gaps in the law. We are alarmed by the num­ber of child sex­ual abuse cases in the coun­try. This makes us won­der how safe our chil­dren are,” Cacsa spokesman Mimie Loke told theSun.

Loke said news re­ports on crimes com­mit­ted against chil­dren had prompted her and her friends to form Cacsa and get the sup­port of lo­cal non- gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs). Cacsa is backed by NGOs like NGOhub, Pro­tect & Save the Chil­dren and Voice of the Chil­dren.

“We hope the bill will cover ar­eas such as harsher penal­ties for child preda­tors, child sex­ual groom­ing, child pornog­ra­phy, sex­ual of­fences on chil­dren and child traf­fick­ing,” Loke, who is also legally trained, said.

Loke hopes the bill will ad­dress the need for laws to be more com­pre­hen­sive to pre­vent per­pe­tra­tors from get­ting away due to loop­holes.

Cit­ing an ex­am­ple, she said in the Pe­nal Code, rape is de­fined as in­ten­tion­ally pen­e­trat­ing the vagina, anus or mouth of an­other per­son with a pe­nis. This had al­lowed Bunya Ja­long, 60, from Sarawak in the “fin­ger-rape” case to walk away free of any rape con­vic­tion be­cause ac­cord­ing to him, the 14-year-old girl was im­preg­nated by his se­men­stained fin­gers which he in­serted into her vagina.

Cacsa is on a sig­na­ture cam­paign to get Malaysians from all walks of life to pledge their sup­port and get the gov­ern­ment to pass the bill.

The pub­lic can visit Cacsa’s Face­book page at https://m. face­book.com/cacsa.my/ to sign the pe­ti­tion. Hard copies of the pe­ti­tion will also be avail­able at 7-Eleven out­lets na­tion­wide.

Loke show­ing the sig­na­ture cam­paign.

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