NUS convenes committee to review process after victim’s public cry for help

By April 20, 2019Current

TL;DR – NUS says sorry.

So the Internet was abuzz with NUS undergraduate Monica Baey’s ‘filmed in the shower’ incident all of Good Friday.

Both the alternative media and mainstream media have covered the news. From what we’d gathered from Observer+ and Mothership.sg, other than the 12-month conditional stern warning from the Police, the National University of Singapore (NUS) also took the following actions:

  1. Banned from entering halls and on-campus residences
  2. Suspension from school for 1 semester
  3. A compulsory apology letter
  4. Mandatory counselling

Monica Baey thinks that the above amounted to merely a slap on the wrist, and the perpetuator is actually hardly inconvenienced or embarrassed.

For one, he wasn’t staying in the halls in the first place. Two, she claimed that he had promptly used the one semester as an “internship semester” and has already found a job. And he can still hang out on campus and all, he just isn’t supposed to attend classes. As for the letter, well, that’s not even cold comfort to the victim. Four, counselling, hmmm…

And what about other measures that the university will take to prevent similar incidents from happening? Nothing.

Monica Baey had uploaded more Instastories that shed light on her thoughts on the matter and where she’s going with this.

All stories related to this incident can be found in her IG Highlights.

In the meantime, it has been proven yet again that speaking up on social media works. Having gone through the due process and having spoken with the Police as well as the school, it was clear Monica Baey wasn’t getting the answers she wanted.

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But once she broke her story on social media and it started to travel, media started reporting. It took only slightly over 24 hours for NUS to respond.

Yes, NUS has published their official response in the form of a Press Statement on their Facebook Page:

Let’s see how this incident continues to unfold.

 

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