'Girls risk ruptured hymen while penises and sperm production can be damaged' Happy Corner, a dangerous university game of student sexual harassment, has been condemned by officials and student organisations. Commonly played at orientation camps or in dormitories during birthday celebrations, most victims are males although females have been subjected to the same ordeal. The victim is bodily lifted from the ground horizontally and his or her legs spread before their genitals are rammed into a target such as a lamp post or even someone's head. Chan Lung-wai, honorary clinical assistant professor in urology at CUHK, called on universities to advise students not to engage in the game. He warned that Happy Corner could result in a ruptured penis or testes and could affect the production of sperm and the male hormone testosterone. Female victims could experience bleeding, bruising of their genitals or a ruptured hymen. 'There are all sorts of weird games played by university students. Happy Corner may just be the tip of the iceberg. There is a lack of communication between students and universities on the undesirability of such activities,' he said. A recent survey carried out by a group of journalism students at the Chinese University found that 37 per cent of male students had been subjected to it or 'cornered', as is commonly called by university students. Seventy per cent were forced into it. The poll covered 308 students from five universities - the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Science and Technology, Polytechnic and City universities. One second-year CUHK chemistry student was quoted in the lead article of the latest issue of U-Beat, the monthly publication produced by CUHK's Department of Journalism, as saying that he had been 'cornered' 10 times in six months. The women present at the scene were encouraging the men to mete out the treatment, he said. 'Students being 'cornered' were usually screaming and trying to run away but they often complied since there were many around who were forcing it on them.' An HKU second year student said he had been cornered 50 times in six months. Almost 90 per cent of the respondents who had 'cornered' others or been 'cornered' said they developed a closer bond with the victim and fellow students following the activity. The article said CUHK had not received any sexual harassment complaints as a result of the game. HKU equal opportunity officer Kenneth Kwok Yu-lam said it could constitute sexual harassment should the students involved feel offended. 'They can complain to us or the Equal Opportunities Commission should they feel offended. We definitely do not encourage the games,' he said. A police spokeswoman would not comment on whether the act constituted physical assault. 'It will depend on the individual case and whether anyone complains,' she said. Student leaders also condemned the game. 'It definitely constitutes sexual harassment and can cause harm. It also shows a lack of respect for others,' said Sin Ka-kui, external vice-president of Polytechnic University Student Union. His union is due to carry out a joint survey with the university on students' perceptions of campus life. Students today lacked values, deriving fun from meaningless activities, he said. But he thinks the problem may lie in insufficient values education at both school and university levels and negative influences from the wider social culture. President of the University of Science and Technology Student Union Dicky Yuen Yik-ping said: 'I feel aghast about the game, which may get parents worried too. But the situation has not got out of control yet.' Mr Yuen said he resisted being subjected to the ordeal at last year's orientation camp.