Rise in sexual harassment reports by men: Women's Ministry discloses over 1,000 complaints [NSTTV]

GOMBAK: There has been a significant rise in reports of sexual harassment filed by men, revealed the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry. 

Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri disclosed that over 1,000 complaints were received from men through the Social Support Centres (PSSS) during the ministry's KPWKM@Advocacy Anti-Sexual Harassment Roadshow.

"Initially, there were only a few reports from men. However, with the introduction of our counselors and active outreach efforts, more men have come forward to share their experiences," she explained.

Speaking at the Kasih Semurni Usaha Seminar @Anti-Sexual Harassment and the launch of the zero sexual harassment campaign on campus at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Nancy highlighted the importance of addressing sexual harassment issues. 

IIUM president Tan Sri Shamsuddin Osman and the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Dr Maziah Che Yusoff were also present at the event, organised by the Social Institute of Malaysia (ISM) and IIUM.

The Anti-Sexual Harassment Advocacy Roadshow, initiated last year in Putrajaya, is aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment in society. 

Nancy noted that 14 roadshows were conducted last year, with over 19,423 participants from diverse backgrounds.

Meanwhile, Nancy said the Tribunal for Anti-Sexual Harassment (TAGS) began its operation on March 11 to receive complaints regarding sexual harassment occurring on or after March 8.

"The tribunal provides an alternative channel to civil courts to expedite sexual harassment complaints with minimal cost.

"The establishment of this tribunal is not intended to take over the functions of the court but to provide victims with options to either file complaints with the tribunal or take civil action in court," she said.

"Section 8 of Act 840 states that there is no overlap in jurisdiction between the tribunal and civil courts. At the same time, victims can still file police reports for investigations to be conducted for criminal action to be taken against the perpetrators," she added.

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