Azalina calls on teachers to help eradicate sexual crimes against children

Published on 16 Mar 2024 9:13:20 PM

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law and Institutional Reforms) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said called on educators, particularly teachers, to cooperate in reporting incidents of sexual crimes against children within school premises.

At the Convention on the Protection of Pupils from Sexual Exploitation on Saturday (March 16), Azalina stressed that educators needed to understand that they could also be prosecuted if they chose not to intervene in such complaints or disclosures received from students, as stipulated in Section 19 of the Sexual Offenses Against Children Act 2017 (Act 792).

Azalina further emphasised that the Legal Affairs Division was dedicated to collaborating with other pertinent ministries to ensure that the legislation under the Act effectively impacts society as intended.