No safe haven: Sexual assault is rife in HK

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 sexually assaulting  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.

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SlutWalk Hong Kong is a part of the international SlutWalk originated in Toronto. The movement aims to against sexual violence, and the culture of victim blaming.
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Demonstrators of the walk create different signs to express their needs. Focus of “SlutWalk Hong Kong” this year, is to support sexual abuse victims.
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Participants of the walk are encouraged to dress like a “slut”, so as to point up that victims should not be blamed, no matter what they wear.
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The fifth SlutWalk Hong Kong took place on Sunday. It started at Chater Garden in Central and ended at Lan Kwai Fong by way of the High Court.
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Regarding the case of Bridge of Rehabilitation Care Home, which involves a sexual assault allegation, the walkers calls for an increase of public expenditure on private residential care homes for elderly and mentally disabled.
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A father brings her baby daughter to support the movement.
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What does “Shina” mean?

More than 53,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the newly elected pro-democracy lawmaker Yau Wai-ching to issue a public apology of her reading “People’s Refucking of Shina” during the swearing-in ceremony at the Legislative Council.

During her oath-taking on Wednesday, Yau Wai-ching, member of the localist political group Youngspiration, read “People’s Republic of China” as “People’s Refucking of Shina” after displaying “Hong Kong is not China” banners and referring to the city as a “nation”.

Newly elected legislator Eddie Chu Hoi-dick said at a lunch in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club

Eddie Chu Hoi-dick said ties between China and Hong Kong has worsened because of recent radical political movements.

“China and Hong Kong had a good relationship before 2010 when activists used the democratic progress in our city as an example to promote democracy in the mainland,” Chu said at a lunch in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club today.

After the Umbrella Movement and the Fishball Revolution, the Chinese government saw Hong Kong politics as separatism, he said.

With the Chief Executive election set for March next year, Chu said the worst of Hong Kong politics would not happen because of the candidate.

“It’s not a matter of who is going to be the Chief Executive. The worst thing is we have a mild candidate who agrees with Beijing’s plans for a political reform,” he said.

Chu’s political agenda to end the collusion between government, business and landlords in the New Territories have stirred up death threats against his family since he got elected back in September.

When asked whether the retirement of then-chairman of Heung Yee Kuk Lau Wong-fat gives hope of ending the collusion in the New Territories, Chu said he didn’t aim for the closure of the rural institution.

“Heung Yee Kuk’s closure will only give the property developers a chance to take its place,” he said.

He took the suggestion from Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, former Tuen Mun rural committee chairman to explore loopholes in the current Heung Yee Kuk system.

“I would ask my supporters to come out for the village representative election and gain the majority in certain rural committee. We can then amend the constitution of the Heung Yee Kuk to be more democratic,” Chu said.

 

Below is the video showing the opinions of Chu that ties between China and Hong Kong has worsened because of recent radical political movements. Watch the video below to find out more.

(by Crystal Tai and Emily Cheung; Edited by Hilda Lo)

The New-Territories by-election 3

Fong Kwok-shan, who has a strong resume within the Sai Kung district, hopes that by entering the LegCo she will bring more attention to the livelihood of Hong Kong people, rather than solely debating on politics and political system.

She then elaborated on her contributions to the community, and explained her philosophy, which is to put equal emphasis on livelihood of Hong Kong people and political development.

“With legislators and politicians only taking sides on either black and white, they have not taken care of what Hong Kong people really want.”

The Candidates:
No. 1 Lau Chi-shing; No. 2 Wong Sing-chi; No. 3 Chow Ho-ding Holden; No. 4 Leung Sze-ho Albert; No.5 Fong Kwok-shan Christine; No.6 Leung Tin-kei Edward; No.7 Yeung Alvin Ngok-kiu

The New Territories by-election 2

Legislator Leung Kwok-hung, also known as “Long Hair”, shows up at Fanling MTR station at night to campaign for Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu. He said the democrats are often staggered as the pro-democracy parties expand all the time.

He believes that by gathering the votes for Alvin Yeung the democrats will have a better chance in defeating Holden Chow, and securing the crucial seat in LegCo.

He further added that [fighting for democracy] is not only about revolution, but also combining actions in the council together with radical acts.

The Candidates:
No. 1 Lau Chi-shing; No. 2 Wong Sing-chi; No. 3 Chow Ho-ding Holden; No. 4 Leung Sze-ho Albert; No.5 Fong Kwok-shan Christine; No.6 Leung Tin-kei Edward; No.7 Yeung Alvin Ngok-kiu