Published on: Friday, August 15, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: A non governmental organisation Citizens Against Rape (CAR) is seeking to raise public support for an end to rape in Malaysia.
To this end they are organising a campaign to demand for state accountability to effectively address rape and other issues related to violence against women.
The campaign consists of regular public events, the first of which will be on Aug 16 at Prince Philip Park, Tg. Aru Beach starting from 5pm onwards. Many fun activities are being lined up for children and families.
The next event is on Aug 23 is in conjunction with the 7K Sunset Charity Run.
Both these events will end with a short candlelight vigil to remember all those who suffered this crime.
Rape, including gang rapes and rapes of minors, is on the increase nationwide.
Many of us are shocked by the case in Kelantan where two girls were gang-raped by a large group of men and in Johor where six soldiers were remanded over the alleged rape of a child, it said.
In Sabah, the case of the 40-year-old restaurant manager who raped a 13-year-old and then tried to escape punishment by marrying her elicited indignation and condemnation form many women's and concerned group nationally and internationally.
Police statistics indicate that eight rapes happen on a daily basis in Malaysia.
This is only the tip of the iceberg as only about 10 - 25 per cent of all rapes ever get reported, it said, adding the worrying trend now is that more of the survivors are underage.
CAR in Sabah consists of PACOS Trust, JCI Intan, Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd, BCCM BM Pastoral Counselling and Youth Program, Pitapat theatre and SAWO.
For more information, the public can contact secretariat coordinator Gan at 016 8816882 or 088-269291 (office hours).