And based on police statistics, the number of cases reported last year went up by 10 per cent.
In 2007, 3,089 rape cases were reported as compared with 3,405 in 2008. And the number of sodomy cases also increased from 101 in 2007 to 130 last year.
Women Development Department’s director-general Dato’ Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur made the disclosure at a seminar on addressing violence against women held here yesterday.
Dr Noorul however said the awareness of sex crime has increased and that people were coming forward to report to the authorities.
She added that there was now cooperation from the parents themselves in cases involving children and teenagers.
“Over the last decade, people were reluctant about coming forward to complain for fear of family shame,” she added.
On domestic violence, she said police statistics showed that there were 2,255 victims in 2003, 3,101 in 2004 and 3,093 in 2005.
As such, she said the people must cooperate to help stamp out all forms of violence against women and children.
“Everyone has a role to play. And, parents must also educate their children that violence is something not acceptable by society,” Dr Noorul said, adding that there was a need for men and women to respect each other.
Meanwhile she said her department has been allocated RM2.7 million under the second economic stimulus package to conduct programmes to further heighten sex crime awareness.