More males report being molested in recent years

Last year, 116 males were victims of molestation, about 1.5 times the 74 cases in 2010.
Last year, 116 males were victims of molestation, about 1.5 times the 74 cases in 2010.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

But under-reporting of sexual abuse remains an issue partly due to legal barriers: Experts

More males are reporting being molested, continuing a rising trend in recent years, though experts flag that under-reporting remains an issue for sexual crimes, in part because of legal barriers.

Last year, 116 males were victims of molestation, about 1.5 times the 74 cases in 2010; close to 80 per cent of male victims last year were aged 21 and below. This comes as the total number of molestation victims rose to 1,672 last year, from 1,511 in 2010.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2018, with the headline 'More males report being molested in recent years'. Print Edition | Subscribe