Data taken from the Government’s records on annual crime reveal a troubling trend: the number of outrage of modesty cases have risen considerably over the past 7 years.
The term “Outrage of modesty” is a formal term used to describe an act of molestation. This term can be located in section 354 of the Penal Code which states that: “assault or use of criminal force to a person with intent to outrage modesty”.
This term has also been used to define other acts such as taking upskirt photos or recording individuals in private spaces like showers and changing rooms without their consent.
2018 saw a record 1,752 cases of outrage of modesty. This represented a 11.9 percent increase from the year before.
2017 saw 1,566 cases of outrage of modesty, a 22 percent increase from 2016.
Overall, cases of outrage of modesty have jumped over 36 percent since 2016 after remaining stable from 2011 to 2016.
More outrage of modesty cases in first half of 2019
The number of outrage of modesty cases rose by 5 per cent to 837 in the first half of 2019, up from 797 in the same period in 2018, according to the Singapore Police Force.
In recent years, outrage of modesty advisory posters have been placed on platform screen doors of MRT stations, and public education videos are being screened at bus interchanges and train platforms.
While the number of outrage of modesty cases have fallen in trains and buses, they have increased considerably for shopping malls (31.4 percent), bus interchanges, and MRT stations (26.7 percent).
For a full breakdown of annual crime statistics, visit data.gov.sg.