• POLITICS – Security Chief Tells Women: ‘Reduce Drinking’ to Get Raped Less

    Date: 2013.05.15 | Category: Blog, Politics: All Posts | Tags: ,

    Prize fool and HK Security Chief, Lai Tung-Kwok, has advised women to cut down on drinking in order to reduce the city’s soaring rape figures…

    “All of these (rape) cases happened between those who know each other. They are either friends, close friends or they just met a few hours ago… Some of these cases also involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol. So I would ask that young ladies not drink too much.”

    The Standard reported on his comments today but failed to call him out on them. Cases of rape have increased 60% to 35 reported incidents in the first quarter of 2013, yet attitudes which blame victims excuse perpetrators and reduce the likelihood of prosecuting rapists.

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    Image via SCMP

    Netizens on Facebook & Reddit shared their thoughts…

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    Whilst these figures are already shocking, the SCMP reported in January that the true figure is vastly higher. 90% of sexual assault cases go unreported according to the Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities. Yet, instead of giving tips to women on how to get raped less, the government could be doing a lot more to improve its support system and tackling those responsible. Politicians could begin by talking tough against the actual criminals.

    Tan Kong-sau of HK’s rape and sexual violence NGO, Rainlily, told Time Out that few victims report incidents and many blame themselves… “…Sexual matters are still a taboo. People don’t talk about them and the government doesn’t educate people on them. The result is that many of these victims dare not speak out and don’t know where to get help.” Angie Ng of ‘Slutwalk Hong Kong‘ says that the local legal system does not favour victims of sexual violence – many are often told not to pursue cases, thus suffering secondary victimisation.

    Slutwalk has held protests specifically against the kind of victim blaming peddled by Tung-Kwok, who appears to misunderstand that alcohol is legal and rape is not…

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    via China Daily

    Lai ought to understand that rape is not caused by fashion, drinking habits, how women walk or by being in the ‘wrong place’ or ‘not being careful enough’. Rape is caused by rapists and enabled through misogyny, structural violence and institutional tolerance…

    Mr Lai would surely love to hear your thoughts at: lai@sb.gov.hk

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    Update: SCMP now have an article up on this issue and Lai’s comments are receiving coverage worldwide. Huffington Post, Channel News Asia, Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph have reported on the issue.

    Mr Lai’s secretary has responded to Hong Wrong as follows…

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