Thursday July 19, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: Sex education should be taught in schools to create awareness among young children, city police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said.
He said since 2009, 124 children below the age of 12 were raped and sexually abused.
He said if children were not taught sex education, they would become ignorant of the fact that sexual abuse is an offence.
“When this happens the perpetrator more often than not gets off scot-free,” he said, adding that most children did not know how to fend off such sexual attacks.
“Everyone has a role to play in educating and preventing such despicable acts,” he said in his speech when opening a seminar on public awareness towards the prevention of sexual crimes involving children at the police training college in Cheras here yesterday.
He said what was more worrying was that in most cases the perpetrators were known to the victim.
DCP Mohmad said the public, especially parents, did not realise the importance of preventing sexual abuse.
He also said the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundations planned to hold such seminars in other parts of the country.
Some 500 participants, including primary school teachers, kindergarten teachers as well as NGOs, took part in the one-day seminar jointly organised by the MCPF and the Kuala Lumpur police.