PETALING JAYA: It is imperative that victims of incest know that they are not alone, Wanita MCA says.
"The trauma from incest can leave permanent wounds on one's mental and physical health as trust in one's closest kin is broken. Hence, it is important to always have a listening ear for the victim.
"Any support rendered will aid in the victim's healing process and discourage others from engaging in such abuse. More importantly, encourage, accompany the victim to file a police report," Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie said in a statement on Sunday (June 6).
She added that as victims are now starting to lodge reports and that Wanita MCA encourages victims to stop suffering in silence.
"To lodge a police report against one's own family member requires tremendous stealth as the consequence, uncertainties and especially shame can cause friction and ostracisation within one's own family. But to keep sealing one's lips is to continue to agonise in silence," she said.
Sex education, she added, should be thought in schools as it could be used as a prevention method.
"Family and schools must educate the young on sexual advances, sexuality and which sort of touches constitute sexual violation.
The syllabus should inculcate family values, reproductive health, safeguarding children from predators within the family. Differentiate the boundaries between familial love and unnatural intimate romances," she said.
She also urged victims to contact the Wanita MCA, through Lawa (Legal Advisory & Women's Aid Centre) at 03-2716 5943 for assistance, should they require legal advice or counselling.