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Statement by the Hong Kong Women's Coalition on Equal Opportunities Condemning Sexual Violence Against Female Protestors

We are over 30 women's and gender NGOs who have joined hands to condemn sexual violence, threats and assaults used by thugs on female protesters in Mongkok!

We have already received numerous calls for help from citizens who have been targets of verbal sexual harassment, including, "if you come out to demonstrate, you should expect to be groped!" and "you have big boobs so why not let us fondle them!" and so on. There were also many women who were directly indecently assaulted, and there were also rumours that the anti-occupy movement thugs have organized themselves into a "groping troop".  This type of sexual assault and indecent assault obviously stem from gender inequality, which treats women as inferior.  We are outraged by such shameless behaviour! Collectively, we:

  1. Strongly condemn the use of sexual violence against women by the anti-occupy movement thugs.
  2. Urge those assaulted not to remain silent, and need not be beaten down by sexual violence. All protesters should stand up and defend the bodily rights and autonomy of every woman.
  3. Urge that the police must immediately investigate and maintain law and order, they must prevent the anti-occupy movement camp from committing crimes in an organized manner; they must arrest suspects on the spot.

Undersign by the following women's and gender NGOs (Chinese Only):

F-Union

G點電視

女同學社

大專同志行動Action Q

大愛同盟

中大性/別關注組

午夜藍

天水圍社區發展網絡

同自在

同志公民

同根社

社工復興運動

青鳥

姊妹同志

姐姐仔會

性神學社

青躍-青少女發展網絡

虹雙囍

香港女同盟會

香港女障協進會

香港女社工協會

香港婦女中心協會

香港婦女基督徒協會

香港婦女勞工協會

原色人

婦女參政網絡

彩虹行動

眾樂教會

新婦女協進會

群福婦女權益會

黑天使音樂劇團

跨性別資源中心

酷兒團契

學人。性。聯盟

職工盟婦女事務委員會

關注婦女性暴力協會

平等機會婦女聯席