Fake rape, real rape, and teenage suicides

Jul 26, 2016 08.48AM |

THE National University of Singapore (NUS) is investigating complaints of hyper-sexualised activities conducted during a recent orientation camp, which included the re-enactment of a rape scene between a man and his younger sister.

Read The New Paper if you want the full story, but here’s a glimpse of what reportedly happened: “The girl had to lie on the floor, then the guy pretended to kick open a door and say, ‘Kor kor coming.’ The girl had to respond, ‘Mei mei don’t want’.”

Other activities mentioned included asking female students which man’s bodily fluids she would like to drink, and cheers that “simulated a group of guys ejaculating on a girl’s face”.

Meanwhile the courts yesterday (July 25) had a number of real rape cases to deal with, the “gravest” among them a father who sodomised his own daughter when she was only 10. The girl suffered acts of sexual assault by her father until she was 19 and reported him to the police. The judge jailed the 51-year-old technician for 12 and a half years.

In a separate case, a 22-year-old man with slight mental retardation who tried to rape his step-niece in 2012 was jailed six years and given three strokes of the cane. She was four years old and he was 18 when the rape happened at home.

Teen suicides are up even as overall suicide rates fell last year. Reported suicide cases for young people aged 10 to 19 doubled from 13 in 2014 to 27 last year – though, the total number dipped from 415 and 409 over the corresponding period.

Counsellors said teenagers who lack supportive family and social networks were more at risk of self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

A few more headlines to watch this morning: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) yesterday (July 25) said it would continue to crack down on illegal financial activities such as money laundering after it found three major banks here to have lapses in relation to Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal.

The warning was issued by MAS’ managing director Ravi Menon as the authority released its annual report. The three banks are DBS Singapore, UBS and Standard Chartered Bank.

Yet another “lone wolf” attack is being reported – in the Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture southwest of Tokyo, where a young man attacked residents at a facility for the disabled with a knife early this morning (July 26). The suspect is a 26-year-old former employee at the facility by the name of Satoshi Uematsu.

As many as 19 people are feared dead and more than 20 wounded, reported TODAY.

The attack follows four other separate incidents this past week in Germany, where a single perpetrator randomly attacked members of the public, leaving 10 dead and more than 50 injured.

In Syria, an explosives-laden car blew up yesterday in the heavily-policed capital Damascus, causing injuries and extensive damage, state media said. A UK-based human rights agency said that the blast took place near an Iranian school, and fatalities have been reported.


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