“Change has finally come,” Monica Baey wrote on Instagram on 1 May 2019, after weeks of intense media coverage of the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) policy towards sexual assault and harassment. Following pressure from both within and without the campus, the university administration had finally been forced to overhaul their policies relating to these issues.
Earlier in April, Baey, a third-year NUS student, sparked a national debate on these issues after speaking out about how she’d been filmed while showering in a university residence by Nicholas Lim, another NUS student. She posted multiple Instagram Stories about her disappointment with both the NUS disciplinary process and the Singapore police, saying that Lim had been let off with a slap on the wrist despite the trauma and humiliation he’d caused her. Screencaps of her account went viral, not just on Instagram, but other social media platforms too.
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