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Lai Tung-kwok rape comments

Hong Kong's Secretary for Security, Lai Tung-kwok, sparked outrage from women's groups over comments he made on May 14, 2012, when announcing a sharp rise in the number of rapes in the first quarter of that year. "Some of these cases also involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol. So I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much,' he said as he reported the government's Fight Crime Committee statistics.

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Security chief Lai Tung-kwok denies blaming rape victims

Women's groups have called on the security chief to apologise for suggesting women should drink less to avoid being raped

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 May, 2013, 4:29pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 7:37pm
 

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Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said on Thursday he had no intention of putting the blame on rape victims when he earlier suggested women should drink less to avoid being assaulted.

Lai is facing calls from outraged women’s groups to apologise over the remarks he made on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, he said some rape cases involved victims being raped after drinking a lot of alcohol and “so I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much.”

On Thursday, Lai explained that these remarks were made in response to media inquiries and that he did not intend to lay responsibility on the victims.

“I had no intention whatsoever of putting the blame on the victims,” he said on Thursday afternoon.

“I really hope that if there are any victims, they will bravely come forward," he said. "Police will do their best to catch their attackers and bring them to justice.”

The security chief also said he had received several emails regarding his remarks and the opinions expressed in them made hime feel "very uneasy”.

“I will humbly listen to these opinions,” he said.

Women's groups have called on the security chief to apologise for suggesting women should drink less to avoid being raped.

They said Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok had shown his ignorance and was putting the blame on the victim instead of the attacker.

Linda Wong Sau-yung, a leading campaigner against sexual violence, said she was outraged.

Women do not get raped because they drink too much alcohol. In many cases, they are raped because they have too much trust in their friends who rape them
Linda Wong Sau-yung of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women

"Women do not get raped because they drink too much alcohol," said Wong, of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women. "In many cases, they are raped because they have too much trust in their friends who rape them."

Liu Ngan-fung, a spokeswoman for Forthright Caucus, which campaigns on women's issues, said Lai was adding insult to the victims' injury.

Lai's remarks on Tuesday came as statistics from the government's Fight Crime Committee showed that rapes in the first three months of this year were up on the same period last year. The number increased almost 60 per cent to 35 cases.

Speaking after he attended the committee's meeting on Tuesday, Lai said all of the cases happened between people who knew each other.

"They are either friends, close friends or they just met a few hours ago," he said. "Some of these cases also involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol. So I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much."

Wong said Lai should withdraw the comments. "He was discouraging the victims from reporting the abuse," she said, citing a study by another group that said the actual number of rapes could be up to seven times the number reported.

Liu asked whether Lai was saying that women should not go out at night and should not drink alcohol. "Instead of putting the blame on the victim, he should step up effort to arrest the rapists. Did he mean that the victims deserve to get raped?" she asked.

Liu Pui-shan, director of the Hong Kong Federation of Women's Centres, was also outraged. "It's like blaming the banks for putting too much money inside the vaults if they get robbed."

The remarks went viral on Wednesday as web users united to condemn Lai. Angry Twitter and Facebook users reposted the comments several hundred times. 

"Hong Kong Secretary for Security advises that 'young ladies not drink too much' after rise in rapes. Or, gosh, maybe tell men not to rape?” Hong Kong-based Twitter user Miss O’Kistic said on her feed.

"Doesn't matter if the woman has been drinking or dressing 'provocatively'. Rape and Sexual Violence against Women are never ok!!” Facebook user Noreen Mir wrote on the wall of protest group SlutWalk Hong Kong.

A spokesman for the Security Bureau said Lai had not intended to blame rape victims, and only wanted to highlight the ways in which culprits took advantage of their victims.

 

 

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SpeakFreely
On the other note, Actually I want to comment on the police trying to charge a taxi driver for over charging 50 cents and apparently the client was from iCAc. I think both the police and the ICAC women is ridiculous wasting taxpayer money. There is always something call "immaterial". I would not even bother to pick up 50 cents, or giving 50 cents as tips is also very " low" showing no respect for the working poor. And looks like the women did not demand on site for the 50 cents so sounds like to me is consider a "tip". I don't see the taxi driver has the intent to treat for 50 cents. If both the police and the ICAC has no judgement on whether this is treating or not, I'm shocked and doubt their judgement and professionalism. Wasting tax payer money! Shame! Can SCMP open up the discussion nth is crazy thing! This is showing how sick Hk as a city!
oxymoron14.
I think the whole issue is about manners. If the taxi driver politely says the magic word "Thank You" the passenger would let it slide. No but most drivers would rob us any change smaller than a dollar as if "they have the right" attitude that really irritates us. Hong Kong is a world class city for money mongering but a 3rd class city for attitude. Try holding a door for a person following you out the building and you will know what I mean.
Beaker
I see a lot of still very polite young HK people in my daily travels. It is the Mainlanders, especially the xiao mei mei's brought down for sex, who don't think it is necessary to say "thank you". I saw the same types in Shanghai, who think that the doors should be opened for them. I just feign, and purposely let the door hit them since their hands aren't even up.
How else should one treat such people? We can never let them gain an advantage from their boorish behaviors, or they will corrode our society.
oxymoron14.
So you prefer to slam the door in their faces. Occasionally when I'm in a bad mood, such as during my period, I still open the door for the person behind but I mutter the words " Thank You " softly .
SpeakFreely
On the other note, Actually I want to comment on the police trying to charge a taxi driver for over charging 50 cents and apparently the client was from iCAc. I think both the police and the ICAC women is ridiculous wasting taxpayer money. There is always something call "immaterial". I would not even bother to pick up 50 cents, or giving 50 cents as tips is also very " low" showing no respect for the working poor. And looks like the women did not demand on site for the 50 cents so sounds like to me is consider a "tip". I don't see the taxi driver has the intent to treat for 50 cents. If both the police and the ICAC has no judgement on whether this is treating or not, I'm shocked and doubt their judgement and professionalism. Wasting tax payer money! Shame! Can SCMP open up the discussion nth is crazy thing! This is showing how sick Hk as a city!
coniam
I have no intention to defend Lai, but did he make a cause-and-effect statement: 'Some women are raped because they drink too much'? Did he imply that women rape victims are to blame? Was he wrong to give advice to women?
oxymoron14.
Seriously I see no flaw in that statement as a woman. Feminists and Liberal groups want to blow this out of proportion just for the sake of making a point, even if the point is pointless. Heck I have self-control when I'm out having a good time. When there is an urge of over indulging I would bring along a few friends. Now how hard is this logic?
lausarbun
look out communist
in china ,offical said that the victim dont coop with the rapist and the victim get sue
in hk, without democracy so some poor guy blame the victim
i think that the rapist is rich chinese communist in hk
look out there are lots of communist online worker just click dislike but dont reply
caractacus
China has not been Communist since at least 1989. It is a totalitarian, capitalist state with the corrupt political elite **** the workers. Read George Orwell's "Animal Farm" and "1984", both of which are banned in China.
lausarbun
****
the right-wing blame the victim has come to HK
look out there are lots of communist online worker just click dislike but dont reply

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