ON average, three sexual abuse cases are reported in Penang every day, said Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) chief executive officer Ong Bee Leng.
She said that it was even more worrying that a high number of cases went unreported.
“The number of unreported cases is estimated at six to seven times more than the three reported cases daily.
“Most of the cases are committed by someone close or familiar to the victim, including friends and neighbours.
“Statistics also show that 67% of sexual abuse cases happen in places familiar to the victim, especially at home, ” she said at the Wellness Campaign at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (Taruc) campus in Tanjung Bungah recently.
The college students raised RM19,544 for Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital through various projects under their Civic Consciousness and Volunteerism subject.
Taruc associate professor Dr Toh Guat Guan, who presented the funds to Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital chief executive officer Joan Lim-Choong, said the funds would be channelled to the hospital’s Needy Cancer Patient Fund.
“Understanding the needs of less fortunate patients, students spent three semesters organising various projects to raise funds for the hospital.
“The fund will help ease the burden of patients who are seeking cancer treatment, ” said Dr Toh.
The two-week campaign themed ‘Love Yourself, De-stress Yourself and Be Yourself’ will end on Friday.
It features various exhibitions to educate students on relieving stress and avoiding sexual harassment.