Seminar Kaunseling Keluarga 2008
ALERTNESS ON SEX CRIMES IN MALAYSIA
Shanthi Bavani V Raja Mohan, Mohd Tajuddin bin Ninggal Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com ABSTRACT The purpose of this paper is to understand the critical issues in defining sex crimes. Also, to educate people on the alertness of the sex crimes that had taken place over a decade, which has created a heavy impact on the nation as a whole. Heart breaking news and incidents has left sad memories for families of those who have lost their loved ones. This paper explains the different types of sex crimes. In addition, accelerating statistical rate report is reviewed on the standing of crime issues in the country. Some key findings from the prospective researchers in Malaysia are also noted as this could be of use for further research purposes. Examples of incidences occurred in the past and present has been studied and brought forward to obtain more security and government accountability for the safety of the nation from sexual predators. INTRODUCTION Sex crime is such horror that most of us do not want to think about it . . . but we MUST! Every sex offender out there is not a danger to society. There are a variety of sex crimes that occur globally every day. From rape to sexual assault, the victims of these heinous acts are often left with lifelong scars. It is every parent's nightmare: There are people out there, strangers living down the street, lurking near the local school, cruising town roads, who are looking for children. These predators want to snatch kids, entice them into a car or lure them into a home and use them to satisfy perverse desires. Sex crime cases litter the papers and magazines throughout the country. Almost every day, it seems as if there is another report of a parent hurting his or her child or a daycare worker taking advantage of the innocence. The nation is generally is alarmed by the rise in sexual crimes victimizing individuals from all walks of life, young and old. The sexual understanding, society responsibilities and the awareness on the consequences of sexual crimes are to the minimal in Malaysian context. Behaviours related to sex and sexual offences are less discussed and least educated. Sexual crime is a serious social problem and policymakers continue to wrestle with how to best address the public’s concerns about sex offenders. Recent initiatives have included social policies. Lawmakers and citizens should question whether such policies are evidence based in their development and implementation, and whether such policies are costefficient and effective in reaching their stated goals. DEFINITION OF SEX CRIME Sex crimes are forms of human sexual behavior that are crimes. Someone who commits one is said to be a sex offender. Some sex crimes are crimes of violence that involve sex. Others are violations of social taboos, such as incest, sodomy, indecent exposure or exhibitionism. There is much variation among cultures as to what is considered a crime or not, and in what ways or to what extent crimes are punished. Western cultures are often far more tolerant of acts, such as oral sex or crossdressing , that have traditionally been held to be crimes in some cultures that outlaws handholding until after marriage, but combine this with lesser tolerance for the remaining crimes. By contrast, many cultures with a strong religious tradition consider a far broader range of activities to be serious crimes. As a general rule, the law in many countries often intervenes in sexual activity involving young or adolescent children below the legal age of consent, nonconsensual deliberate ...
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