Mr K Shanmugam : The Protection from Harassment Act is now in force

Protecting harrassment victims and the vulnerable

The Protection from Harassment Act is now in force.

Avenues for self-help and civil remedies for victims of harassment are available under the Act.

Victims can also claim for damages separately. In very egregious cases, harassers may also face criminal prosecution. These two measures will complement the Protection Order, creating a ladder of remedies for victims.

However, harassment cannot be dealt with by laws alone. Each of us has a part to play in cultivating community norms, and educating each other on what constitutes socially acceptable behaviour.

Our children have a right to grow up in a safe environment, free from discrimination and bullying by peers. We should be free from intimidating, hostile and abusive environment, be it at home or at the workplace, online or offline.

The Act puts in place a framework for stopping behaviour which is socially unacceptable, and which better protects the vulnerable.

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