Child abuse has become a daily reality for many children around the world. It affects children of all ages, cutting across all ethnic groups, nationalities and social contexts. Children face the risks of abuse in many situations and aspects of their lives.
Abusers are often the very individuals who are responsible for protecting children - parents, immediate family members, relatives, guardians, teachers, employers, etc. They are people whom children trust or should be able to trust.
Abuse violates children's rights to health, development and dignity, and destroys their lives. The impact and consequences endure long after the abuse has occurred and victims often experience life-long effects.
The situation of child abuse in Malaysia has reached alarming proportions. We, as a community, need to work together to check this trend and to end child abuse through:
Increased public awareness and debate of the issue at all levels;
Deeper engagement, commitment and involvement in the cause;
Being active and proactive, and not keeping silent about abuse.