#MeToo & the Media Panel

The #metoo tsunami has led to greater awareness and a change of behaviours in many Western countries. In Asia, such as Hong Kong, China and Japan it has barely made a ripple. The brave women who have filed complaints have suffered victim blaming, family stigma and media bullying. Is speaking out really worth it? We ask this question and more with our panellist – women who have sacrificed their own personal reputations to ensure many more people are safe.

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Hong Kong lawmakers and ngos welcome plan for law against voyeurism and upskirt photography

Linda Wong, executive director of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (ACSVAW), said on Thursday that the group supported the report.

“I appreciate the [proposed] amendment by the Law Reform Commission,” Wong said. “We also receive a lot of questions from women, for example, whether the law can tackle women being photographed while breastfeeding?”

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LRC's Report on Voyeurism and Non-consensual Upskirt Photography patches current legal loopholes though lacks protection for victims of non-consensual distribution of intimate images

The Association welcomes the recent release of Report on Voyeurism and Non-consensual Upskirt Photography by the Law Reform Commission (LRC) on the 30th April 2019. The Association would anticipate the proposed legal reform can be implemented as soon as possible to patch the current legal loopholes.

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Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women's response to the release of Report on Voyeurism and Non-consensual upskirt-photography by the Law Reform Commission

The Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women would express its anticipation and concerns towards the release of the Law Reform Commission's Report on Voyeurism and Non-consensual upskirt-photography on 30th April 2019.

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HKFP: 'It was mentally traumatising': Sexual violence survivors call for one-stop crisis centres at Hong Kong public hospitals

The “one-stop” model has proven successful in other countries. In Taipei City Hospital’s Renai Branch in Taiwan, the average wait time at their one-stop crisis centre is seven hours – two hours for medical processing and five hours for police processing, according to Dr Chan Chying-chuan, chairperson of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the hospital.

“The provision of [a] further accessible, assuring, less lengthy and less traumatising environment for survivors can allow them to be more confident in seeking medical help and judicial justice as early as possible,” the RainLily spokesperson explained. “Through reducing systematic secondary trauma, we believe more survivors will be encouraged to come forward.”

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Symposium on Sexual Violence in Asia

The Symposium on Sexual Violence in Asia is co-organised by The Centre for Criminology, the Department of Sociology, The School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong and RainLily. With regional and international experts in the field to share experience and latest information on pushing forward one-stop sexual violence support service, and advocacy in policy reform.

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RainLily x Best Actress

ONE out of SEVEN women in Hong Kong have experienced sexual violence. RainLily premiered ‘The Best Actress’ ad during this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards presentation ceremony, imploring all of us to step up against sexual violence. The three stories appeared in the ad are all real-life cases, including: child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, and workplace sexual harassment.

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