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Malaysian Teachers Show Support For Ain, Change Lesson Plans To Talk About Sexual Harassment

Malaysian Teachers Show Support For Ain, Change Lesson Plans To Talk About Sexual Harassment

Ain has felt backlash from her school, now school teachers are standing up for her.

Anne Dorall

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Teachers are standing with Ain and her #MakeSchoolASaferPlace movement after she exposed the casual rape culture prevalent in Malaysian schools and received both enormous support and backlash for it.

However, as a result, this movement has raised awareness of the sexual harassment and damage that casual rape jokes can cause, especially in an institution designed to protect and educate the younger generations.

Now, educators are standing with her and commending Ain on being brave and eloquent, with many promising to bring up such issues in their own classrooms to educate their students as well.

One teacher even redesigned his lesson plan to include these topics. Teacher Stephen Isaac, who teaches at the all-boys’ school SMK(L) Methodist Kuala Lumpur, notes that his lesson plan includes discussion on the roles that his students play in prevention and in creating awareness.

In an interview with MalaysiaKini, Stephen says that there are so many misconceptions about sexual harassment, from rape jokes to body-shaming to even rape between husband and wife.

Additionally, there is public perception that the teacher in question was being protected.

When you protect enablers, you are actually saying it is okay. So I think teachers need to be educated as well.

Stephen Isaac to MalaysiaKini

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