Content warning: This issue contains discussion of sexual harassment and assault.
Welcome to this week's issue of the Birthday Workbook! Today, we read an essay by Anisha Joseph, Head of Sexual Assault Care Centre and Women’s Care Centre at Aware, from this year's edition of the Birthday Book. If you haven't gotten a copy, you can do so here. In her piece, Anisha reflects on the importance on taking a landscape rather than portrait view when tackling sexual violence in Singapore.
Before you read his essay, watch the following video:
Now consider the following questions:
What are some examples of victim blaming that you have encountered in your immediate social circles?
How did you react/respond?
After watching this video, how would you react/respond differently?
“It’s because of what you girls wear, that this happens.” If you were in Anisha’s shoes, how would you react and respond to the cab driver? If he had said it to your friend, how would you react and respond to him instead? How does gender affect one's response to such a comment?
According to Anisha, how are sexual assault myths perpetuated by the media?
Anisha argues that by “focusing only on the victim and/or perpetrator”, collective societal responsibility is removed. How is her viewpoint different from the ideas presented in the earlier video?
Anisha argues that “the pressure that survivors face to 'speak up' is unfathomable”. In your opinion, what are some factors that contribute to this pressure?
List two other topics/issues that would benefit from a landscape rather than a portrait perspective. Explain the merits of adopting the landscape perspective for these topics/issues.
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