The Police’s D11 Sexual, Women and Child Investigations Division has reported that adults with anger management issues were the main cause for a total of 472 child abuse incidents that were reported within the first 9 months of 2021.
It was reported that a large majority of the suspects that were identified in these cases were the child’s own biological parents.
While ill-tempered fathers were the majority of child abuses cases in Malaysia, cases involving mothers made up most of the suspect list too.
Meanwhile, the rest of the cases involved the child’s stepfathers (30 cases) and childcare workers at care centres (34 cases).
The suspect list was also made up of people with varying relations to the child, such as their aunts and uncles, their parent’s boyfriends or girlfriends, teachers, caretakers, and even the caretaker’s spouses.
The police also reported that most of these incidents had occurred in the kid’s own home (319 cases) while the remaining incidents happened either at a registered childcare centre (36 cases) or an unregistered one (5 cases), as well as other more public places such as schools and places of worship.
Nonetheless, children in orphanages were not safer too.
In the statement, the Principal Assistant Director of D11, Siti Kamsiah Hassan said that among the cases, 198 children had suffered through physical abuse and an untold amount of mental and emotional abuse from parents or guardians who fail to control their emotions.
The abuses include cases like children being locked up or left alone without any adult supervision.
Since January to September, a total of 528 individuals, 302 women and 226 men, aged between 25 to 45 years-old were investigated, and the majority were locals.
Back in July 2021, the Women and Community Development Ministry had reported a total of 2,040 cases of child abuse in the first 4 months of this year, where 35% of those cases had involved neglect and around another 30% were incidents of physical and sexual abuse.
As for comparison, the Ministry said that they had recorded a total of 5,836 child abuse cases in 2020, 6,382 in 2019, and 6,274 in 2018.
Nonetheless, it is understood that most cases of domestic and child abuse usually goes unreported and the actual numbers could be much more significant.
Cases of domestic and child abuse should not be treated lightly and anyone who has knowledge of, or any suspicion that a child is suffering harm or is at risk of significant harm from abuse or neglect should lodge reports to the authorities immediately.
The public are advised to report such cases to the police or contact the following Talian Kasih at 15999 or their WhatsApp at +6019-261 5999, or even their official website here.
Read the statement from the police here: