Posts tagged 2019
WCOEO calls for investigation into Hong Kong Police's use of sexual violence and solidarity for human dignity at AntiELAb #MeToo rally

The Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities has held an ‘AntiELAb #MeToo Rally’ on 28th August 2019 at Chater Garden, Central. Various victim-survivors of sexual violence in the the ‘Anti-Extradition Bill Movement’, representatives from concern groups and individuals have spoken on stage at the rally.

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ACSVAW statement on the police's use of sexual violence in arrest of protester

The Association has been made aware of a police arrest incident that involved sexual violence at the early morning on 5th August at the peripheral of Tin Shui Wai police station. Upon the arrest, the protester’s outer and inner garments was forcefully removed, the protester was then carried into the police station in a way that her private parts were exposed to the press and the public for an extended period of time. The Association considers the arrest was made with excessive force that resulted in damaging the dignity of the protestor, depriving her right to bodily autonomy, and is an act of sexual violence. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the threat and use of sexual violence in any situation.

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#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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