Date
22 September 2017
The suspect (inset) is shown wearing a hoodie with the HKU name on it. It was the second incident of sexual harassment on the HKU campus recently.
Photos: Reuters, internet
The suspect (inset) is shown wearing a hoodie with the HKU name on it. It was the second incident of sexual harassment on the HKU campus recently. Photos: Reuters, internet

HKU hit by another sexual assault scandal

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is investigating an incident in which a student was sexually assaulted in a dormitory by a group of men who described it as “good fun”.

The incident came to light after a video clip of the alleged offense went viral on social media, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The 20-second footage shows a man slapping another in the head with his genitals. The attacker is wearing a burgundy hoodie with the words “chemistry HKU” on it.

HKU is verifying whether the incident took place in a university dormitory. Reports suggest it might have occurred in the Simon K.Y. Lee Hall.

It came just days after a bullying incident at HKU’s St. John’s College Residential Hall.

In the clip, the attacker is wearing black underwear. He repeatedly takes out his penis and hits the man’s head with it while the others in the group are heard calling the punishment “good fun”.

Some HKU students said the perpetrators were science students from Simon K.Y. Lee Hall. One of them is on his final year.

HKU declined to comment, saying the incident is under investigation.

Barrister Albert Luk said the students involved might have violated the law against indecent assault and could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty, Ming Pao Daily reported. 

They could also be charged with public indecency if they had filmed in public, or they could be prosecuted for accessing a computer with dishonest intent if they had filmed in a private property, he said.

The key, however, is whether the victim had given his consent to being bullied, Luk said.

Otherwise, the group could be held responsible for false imprisonment, which could lead to up to seven years in jail.

As some of the perpetrators’ faces are identifiable, the police could use the video clip as evidence for prosecution, according to Sing Tao Daily.

Wong Ching-Tak, president of the HKU Student Union said the group’s actions are not “hall traditions” as many believe.  

Earlier this month, 20 students from the St. John’s College were accused of entering the room of a student and pouring wax over his private parts.

The student has quit the dormitory and deleted his posts regarding the incident.

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