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Ain, the schoolgirl who exposed her male teacher for making inappropriate rape jokes during a physical education class, lodged her second police report over a male classmate’s rape threat.
However, the backlash and online reaction to her story only proves how unsafe young girls feel in every part of their life.
Even more harassment after news coverage
The police have acknowledged both police reports made. During a press conference, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIPG) Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah was quoted as saying that the police will investigate the case from all angles, including the possibility that the rape threat “was a joke”.
The police later released a statement reaffirming that they are not dismissive of the case.
However, after the influx of news around Ain, netizens once again showcased how cruel they can be, dismissing her as being dramatic. Even worse, plenty of the comments mirrored the very rape jokes she exposed.
Men on Facebook sexualising the teenage girl who exposed teacher’s rape jokes. pic.twitter.com/CcwpQO85rV— dengki ke? (@azmirliberty) April 27, 2021
The comments accused her for exposing her aurat and looking indecent, a common dismissal whenever women try talking about sexual harrassment.
yall talk about aurat is the reason for sexual harassment and rape as if Muslim women are the only women in the world, does that mean non-muslim girls deserved to get raped you disgusting monsters. Im sick of this twisted, disgusting mindset. #MakeSchoolASaferPlace— ain #MakeSchoolASaferPlace (@ant33ater) April 28, 2021
Rape culture is rampant in Malaysia
Plenty of comments showcased how issues like sexual harassment has been so normalised that people come to its defense.
Dismissive Facebook comments often read that such “educational talks” about sexuality and rape are common in school and that teachers know best.
In fact, alleged leaked screenshots from a private teacher’s Facebook group also showed similar comments dismissing Ain’s concerns about the safety of students in schools.
Panasnya aku pagi pagi baca benda macam ni, ni comment yang dapat dari private group fb yang group members dia cikgu-cikgu saja ya pic.twitter.com/8XLRBOPfXb— m (@sftmhk) April 28, 2021
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