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They fear losing face

In South East Asia, people - especially the young people - they are not really comfortable reporting such thing call[ed] sexual violence, because they fear of losing face or being disclosing their confidentiality. [This is not addressed] anywhere in the policy, so I don't think this sexual violence policy can make a great impact on the Asian group.

Recommendations

  • Engage in activities to develop anti-racism as it pertains to sexual violence prevention and response. Apply anti-racist practices in these areas.

  • Provide and promote alternatives to face-to-face disclosures and reporting, such as disclosure by text messaging or online.

  • Use an app or other tool that allows students to anonymously ask questions about sexual violence and university policies against sexual violence.

  • In the policy itself and in materials and presentations promoting the policy, define "confidential" and "anonymous," and explain how these concepts pertain to the policy, university-based sexual assaault services, and the limits on confidentiality and anonymity.