An assemblywoman’s relentless fight against victim blaming in rape

Yeo-Bee-Yin-rapePETALING JAYA: DAP’s Yeo Bee Yin hopes her latest video titled “Rogol Salah Siapa?” will empower rape victims and their families, as her previous video on the issue did two years ago.

Speaking to FMT, the Damansara Utama assemblywoman said a few rape victims had come to see her after she published her 2015 video, “Rogol Adalah Rogol. Tiada Alasan”.

The video had been part of an awareness campaign with the same name.

“One victim went to Subang Jaya assemblywoman Hannah Yeoh’s office and said ‘I’ve never told anybody (about being raped) but after watching the video I told my parents’.”

Yeo said the whole family had accompanied the victim to Yeoh’s office to learn more about what could be done.

The new “Rogol Salah Siapa?” video addresses the issue of victim blaming and provides information on what to do after a person is raped.

The video, which was uploaded on April 8, has already garnered over 137,000 views and over 2,200 shares.

“I hope more people will share the video because we do lack information for rape victims,” Yeo said.

Last year, Yeo also worked with the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) to develop a website (www.antirogol.com) aimed at raising awareness of victim blaming and providing information such as emergency numbers and dos and don’ts after a rape.

“This is something I’m doing every year, where I try to contribute towards greater awareness and information about rape,” said Yeo, who is vocal against rape and the culture of victim blaming.

“I think everyone can do their part and I hope that the federal government can do more, especially in changing the patriarchal mindset which sees rape victims being blamed.”

Yeo said the government, with its machinery and resources, would be in the best position to do this through education programmes in schools, government agencies and departments.

“If we don’t shape culture, then the patriarchal mindset will continue. The government must speak up against victim blaming and create more awareness.”

According to home ministry statistics, a total of 28,471 rape cases were reported from 2005 to July 2014.