GEORGE TOWN: A whopping 31,685 rape cases were reported from 2000 to 2013, according to the Penang Women's Development Corporation (PWDC).
Its board of directors member Yap Soo Huey said that 42,449 cases of domestic violence were reported while 24,939 cases involved outrage of modesty.
Based on the statistics issued by the Penang Women Centre for Change, an average of 3,000 rape cases were reported every year.
"In other words, a girl or woman is being raped every 35 minutes somewhere in Malaysia. Most of the rape cases involved victims below 16 years old.
“In 2013, the number of cases involving minors was as high as 2,111," she said in her speech at the closing of the Penang Goes Orange Campaign launched by Deputy Chief Minister 1 Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon here Thursday.
The campaign organised by PWDC since Nov 6 was aimed at boosting awareness of violence against women and encouraging gender equality.
According to the Home Ministry, 28,741 rape cases were reported from 2005 to 2014 with 16% (4,514 cases) taken to court and 2.7% (765 cases) were found guilty, Yap added. - BERNAMA
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