By Crystal Tai and Emily Cheung
Holding signs and chanting slogans like “My body, my choice”, protesters gathered at Slutwalk Hong Kong 2016 ( location? when?)to raise awareness about sexual injustice and gender inequality.
Organizer Angie Ng, once a victim of sexual assault, said a lot of people were not aware of the issue in Hong Kong. She said society was still not open enough to talk about the taboo and victims were often too afraid to report it.
The walk originated from Canada in 2011, in which Toronto police
told said in a statement that women should not “dress like a slut” to avoid sexual assaults.
It has since enraged activitists worldwide to start a movement against victim blaming. The walk is to end the idea that a victim is any way responsible for his or her sexual assault.
On her fifth time to organize the walk, Ng was wearing only lingerie along with a few protesters to bring out the message that “women shouldn’t be told what to dress”.
About 50 marchers trekked from Chater Garden to Lan Kwai Fong, where they stopped midway at the High Court to call attention to a recent case of the sexuall
y assault ing of a mentally disabled woman.
“My daughter never dressed inappropriately or in very revealing outfits. How could a girl with mental disability seduce a man to have sex with him?” said the mother of the 21-year-old woman with the mental age of an eight-year-old.( is she the mother of the victim? a little unclear here)
The case involves 54-year-old Cheung Kin-wah, the former director at the Bridge of Rehabilitation. He was alleged to have non
unconsensual sexual intercourse with a mentally-ill patient at the care home in 2014.
Despite the medical evidence presented, the judge ( which court) dropped the charges against Cheung since the victim was unfit to testify in court after suffering from traumatic stress disorder since the rape.
“The verdict is unacceptable and there’s simply nothing to protect the mentally-ill from sexual assault under the current law system,” said the mother, who called for an independent investigation of the case.
Apart from local advocates of women rights, the movement had drawn the support from transgender groups, refugees, a Filipino organization and some student-run associations.
“We can hear cases of sexual assault on campus occasionally although the victims often face a dilemma when seeking help afterwards,” said 17-year-old Tomi Madarikan, who represented a club that stood for women empowerment in Li Po Chun ( school?) .
She said most of the perpetrators were family and friends, which made it hard for victims to
voice out speak up after the trauma.
A recent case of secondary students being called by discipline teachers to show their bra straps has drawn concerns about the abuse of authority on campus.