Some 600 confessions have been made to STC.
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An online movement is providing a safer space for students and ex-students to come forward with experiences of sexual harassment and assault they’ve lived through or encountered in Malaysian schools
The SaveTheSchoolsMY (STC) project, on Instagram, took off in the wake of public outcry to #MakeSchoolASaferPlace and addressing the bigger problem of rape culture and sexual harassment in our society.
With over 200 anonymous confessions posted publicly on the page, @Savetheschoolsmy provides direct first-hand accounts from boys and girls as well as the men and women who’ve survived sexual abuse during their time in kindergarten, all the way up to university.
I am NOT proud to inform that 200 TRUE stories from former and current victims of sexual harassment, rape culture and abuse experience are now up and running at https://t.co/FI5HPNbH4t— Puteri N. Balqis (@ayyputeri) May 9, 2021
I have 200++ stories to upload still. It’s crucial to #MakeSchoolASaferPlace pic.twitter.com/tlmZ6vvC7k
STC’s founder, 26-year-old Media Executive Puteri Nuraaina Balqis revealed how crucial the project was given the horrible things that are and have been taking place in our schools and the overall dismissal of the topic by uncompromising Malaysians.
Maybe if people can learn more real-time stories about the horrible culture, then more people will believe in the cause and resonate in solidarity. Approximately 30% to 40% of the stories took place in primary schools, Kafa (Islamic) classes and even kindergartens.Puteri Nuraaina via Malay Mail
She also told that more and more men have come forward with stories of sexual assaults and how these experiences have affected their lives.
Since the project began in April, STC has amassed a collection of some 600 stories from denizens across the country.
These stories as mentioned are available for public view on STC’s Instagram page – which included harrowing tales – ranging from the ones that’ll make you feel uncomfortable, to the sickening ones that have left people scarred.
If you or anyone you know would like to share your own experiences with sexual harassment or assault, you may do so anonymously (HERE) via filling in a simple Google Form hosted by STC.
Also tune in for live confession reading
In hopes of shining more light on the issue, a live streamed reading of confessions made by Malaysians on STC will be made available on Facebook on Tuesday (18 May) at 8.30pm.
The stories will be read by prominent figures, activists and celebrities such as Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Ivy Nallammah Josiah, Daiyan Trisha, Nalisa Alia Amin and Alicia Amin.
Head on over to the Projek Wawasan Rakyat Facebook page for more details.
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