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The rise of 'rape shaming' & Steps to take to report a rape/sexual assault

Decide to add-on to the 3 previous postings, so that students are well aware that they have their rights and to be alert in case of any future reoccurrence because I do not condone such behavior in the dance community. 
As instructors, our role is to provide a safe environment and be the reliable person students can turn to in their times of needs. By taking advantage of being in that role and attack the very students that trusts you is just wrong.

Women who feel the system has failed them are taking to the internet to name their alleged rapists or attackers, as part of a growing trend of digital vigilantism.

It’s known as “rape shaming” and there are several recent examples in Australia of victims using social media to take justice into their own hands.

Police warn that the practice could derail ongoing investigations and hurt the chances of prosecution, not to mention the potential for defamation proceedings brought by those named.

But those who’ve rape shamed say they have no alternative, few regrets and nothing to lose.

Hagar Cohen has spent months investigating the issue for the ABC Radio National show “Background Briefing” and spoke to some 30 women impacted by rape or sexual assault.

Some had named their alleged attackers and others were planning to, spurred on by the belief that the justice system couldn’t — or wouldn’t — help them, she said.

“The women I spoke to felt a desire to protect other people from their abusers and many felt a sense of guilt that if they didn’t do something, they would let down other people,” Cohen said.

One victim who was raped when she was just 15 is preparing to name her attacker online and believes it will bring her some comfort, she said.

From her act of revenge, the man would forever be known as a rapist — an outcome that she felt “wonderful” about.

“She said to me that it would ‘probably be the biggest f–k you’ she could give,” Cohen recalled.

“He had taken so much power from her, she felt powerless, and she thought it would be beneficial to take some back. She said: ‘I just want the whole world to know what a horrible, disgusting person he is.’”

Lauren Ingram is a journalist who in June took to social media to name her alleged rapist, after several failed attempts to have the matter dealt with by authorities over two years.

The first detective told her the man was “just a kid who didn’t know how to have sex yet” and other investigators mishandled evidence, she claimed.

On the day Ingram posted a series of tweets, she hadn’t been planning to identify her alleged attacker until seconds before she did.

“It literally exploded from there,” Cohen said.

Ingram took part in Cohen’s story, who followed her as police interest in the complaint was reignited following the name and shame.

“They called her again and asked her to come in to give a statement,” Cohen said.

“It was the third statement she’s had to give now. Lauren was very compliant and did what she asked but she doesn’t believe anything is going to come from it.”

As well as support, Ingram’s actions drew strong criticism from those who felt she was denying someone the right to the principle of “innocent until proven guilty.”

It’s a valid point, Cohen admitted.

“It’s an important concept that our society relies on. And it’s true that usually vigilantism often starts as something that seems like a good idea but gets crazy very quickly.”

But that “tricky, dangerous” road is one many desperate women feel compelled to travel.

Another woman was raped in 1997 and her complaint to police didn’t go anywhere until she was contacted six years later when three other victims came forward.

Despite her first experience, she took part in the case — and it unraveled again due to mismanagement, Cohen said.

“So many people have a profound distrust of police and the courts.”

“For many, going to the police in the first place isn’t even an option. They don’t think it’s worth it. When you get that kind of reaction, it seems something is wrong.”

Cohen also spoke to a woman who named her alleged attacker on Facebook and was threatened with a lawsuit as a result.

And she met a man who was shamed online, who insisted he had done nothing wrong.

“He had to flee basically. He changed his name and identity — it was massive for him.”

Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett, commander of New South Wales Police Sex Crimes Squad in southeast Australia, was also interviewed by Cohen and implored victims to let police deal with their matters.

“She pointed out that if public shaming occurs, it could damage the chances of success in court and also damage a police investigation.”

“She has obviously seen first-hand many cases that did achieve an excellent outcome for victims.”

Getting justice for rape and sexual assault

According to the Malaysian Penal Code Section 376, those who committed rape will be punished with imprisonment for a term up to 20 years with whipping.

According to the Malaysian Penal Code:

  • - Rape is defined as sexual intercourse with a woman against her will or without her consent. 
  • - Sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 years of age, with or without her consent, is also rape.
  • - Sexual intercourse with a woman is also rape when: 
    • -- her consent is obtained by putting her in fear of death or hurt; 
    • -- when she unable to understand the nature and consequences of what she is consenting to; 
    • -- or when her consent is obtained by using a position of authority, a professional relationship, or other relationship of trust.

The Malaysian law doesn’t specifically define sexual assault, however, there are various laws that cover different forms of sexual assault. For the complete list, check out Women's Aid Organization's article here.

Now, what can you do as the victim of a rape or sexual assault? These are the steps that you'll be going through.

1. Make a police report.

You can make a police report in Bahasa Malaysia or English, either by typing it yourself at the police station or by orally dictating it to the police officer. You can also draft your report in advance.

In your police report, write down the details of the assault, such as what happened, when it happened (date and estimated time), where it happened, and who was involved. Remember to get a copy of the police report.

2. Police investigate case.

The Investigation Officer (IO) will open an investigation based on the police report you have made. The IO may interview witnesses, suspects, and may also ask you to give a further statement at the police station.

Depending on the evidence, the IO may bring the case to the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP). The DPP will determine whether there is a case to charge against the perpetrator. 

If there is insufficient evidence, the case will be closed and classified as ‘No Further Action’ (NFA). Then, there will be no charge.

3. Deputy Public Prosecutor charges case.

If the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) decides that there is sufficient evidence, the DPP will charge the suspect. The charge will be read in court and the suspect can either plead guilty or not guilty.

If the suspect pleads guilty, the case will proceed to sentencing. However, if the suspect pleads ‘not guilty’, a full trial begins.

4. Court Trials

The trial process will begin with the prosecution stage, in which the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) calls witnesses to give their testimony. Following that, the defence lawyer (who is the person defending the accused) will cross-examine the witness; this means, the defence lawyer will ask another set of questions directed at the witness. The DPP then re-examines the witness (by asking questions) in order to explain any doubtful or contradictory answer given by the witness during cross-examination.

If the judge decides that the evidence is strong enough to show that the accused has committed the crime (i.e. there is a prima facie case), the defence lawyer will begin the defence. At this stage, the defence lawyer will call witnesses to give evidence suggesting that the crime did not happen. The same three-step cross-examination process occurs, except this time, the defence lawyer begins the cross-examination, followed by the DPP, and then the defence lawyer again.

The judge will then decide whether the accused is guilty or not guilty. If guilty, the judge will sentence the accused.

* This is a simplified version of the court trial process. For the full process, refer to http://wccpenang.org/wccnew/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Surviving-Court-booklet_English.pdf

Why some rape survivors don't fight back?

This article was the last of 3 articles posted on MalaysiaKini, reposting it here so that students are well aware that they have their rights and to be alert in case of any future reoccurrence because I do not condone such behavior in the dance community. 
As instructors, our role is to provide a safe environment and be the reliable person students can turn to in their times of needs. By taking advantage of being in that role and attack the very students that trusts you is just wrong.
For a year after she said she was raped by her dance instructor in 2017, Nina continued to be his dance partner.

She maintained a cordial relationship, replied to his text messages as per normal and travelled with him to a dance festival overseas, where they shared a hotel room.

Nina said she was worried about sharing a room with him, but complied because it was the only option provided by the festival organiser.

During the trip she remained vigilant, dodging him when he tried to kiss her, avoiding drinking alcohol and staying awake so he would not attack her while she slept.
But her decision to remain his partner, her sustained friendship with him and decision to travel with him that weekend were among issues scrutinised by police when she reported him for raping her in 2017. Eventually, police concluded the sex was “voluntary”.

Nina is a pseudonym to protect her identity. Malaysiakini is also not identifying the dance instructor, to avoid identifying his other alleged victims. He did not respond to requests for comment.

No correct reaction

The behaviour of complainants in sexual assault cases are often scrutinised to verify a rape allegation, but clinical psychologist Vizla Kumaresan said investigators may be looking for the wrong thing.

There is a misconception that the “correct” reaction is to be hysterically afraid of the perpetrator, but there is no one way to express trauma, she said.

Vizla said it is “not abnormal” for survivors to maintain normal relations with their perpetrators as a form of self-preservation, especially if the perpetrator is someone known and close to them.

“It is difficult for them to reconcile that this bad thing has happened to them and it was committed by someone they believe is good and respected,” Vizla said.

“From a victim’s perspective, after a traumatic incident it is very common for people to be confused and not fully comprehend what is going on. So they think if I just be normal, then things will be okay,” she said.

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) executive director Sumitra Visvanathan said oftentimes, a survivor’s reaction may seem counterintuitive to an external observer.

“This may be a coping or survival mechanism, in response to the shock and trauma of sexual assault.

“The survivor may also try to re-establish a sense of normalcy and thus may still be cordial with the perpetrator,” she said.

Self-blame as a form of self-preservation

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the “vast majority” of rape is perpetrated by those known to the survivor.

A United Nations study in Europe found that 67 percent of rapists were known to the survivors.

This data is unavailable for Malaysia, but WAO estimates about 80 percent of survivors who seek its assistance said they were assaulted by someone they know.

Drawing from her experience working with survivors in a trauma clinic and domestic abuse shelter, clinical psychologist Ng Siew Li said it is “not uncommon” for survivors to try to “explain away” the attack as a one-off incident or by blaming the circumstances.

They may also resort to self-blame to believe it was something they could have controlled.

“If you believe you have control, you will believe that you can stop it from happening again,” she said.

For years after it happened, Nina said, she did not want to acknowledge that she was raped because she was afraid of the consequences.

“If I did, I would have to do something about it,” she said.

The instructor also told her it was the first time anything like that had happened.

But two years later, she learnt that other dancers were allegedly assaulted in the same way. It prompted Nina to report what happened to her. The dancers who said they were raped by the instructor in an incident in July 2019 also filed police reports. The investigation for the 2019 incident is pending.

Research: Rape survivors experience ‘paralysis’

The instructor was remanded for seven days, following the reports last year. It sent shockwaves in the close-knit dance scene, where the instructor is much revered.

Several dancers involved told Malaysiakini members of the scene questioned why they did not leave the party or do more to stop the attack.

Like behaviour after the attack, evidence of resistance during the attack is also often scrutinised to detect if consent was given.

However, a study on 298 sexual assault victims in Sweden found as high as 70 percent of survivors of sexual assault surveyed report feeling “paralysis” during the attack.

The researchers described it as "tonic immobility", a behaviour also observed in animals faced with dangerous situations.

Previous studies found that in humans, it can be a feeling disassociated from the body, catatonic and being unable to move when faced with extremely threatening circumstances.

In Brazil, a study of 3,231 survivors of traumatic events found that scores for tonic immobility were almost twice as high among survivors of sexual violence compared to other types of trauma.

Hormones impede decision-making

Ng said there is extensive literature on this biological reaction during trauma, but the findings may not be widely known, including among investigators and prosecutors of sexual assault.

She said when faced with highly stressful situations, the mind gets flooded with hormones as a form of defence mechanism, but the same hormones impact parts of the brain that controls decision-making.

This “freeze” experienced by trauma survivors can manifest differently, she said.

It can happen during the attack, where survivors report being unable to move or act, or after the attack when the mind “goes blank and is unable to generate any form of options” or make rational decisions, Ng said.

“Some people would in the aftermath say ‘I could have done that, why didn’t I?’ At a certain point, our brain might not be capable of doing that during a stressful event,” she said.

The flood of hormones also affects ability to retain memory, she said.

“There are different processes to forming memory, just like how you are saving a file in a computer. When the mind is flooded with certain hormones, the process is disrupted so it is not uncommon for a memory (of a traumatic incident) to be incomplete,” she said.

This goes against belief by some investigators that inability to recall specifics of the incident denotes the person is not telling the truth, Ng said.

The clinical psychologists believe investigators and prosecutors need to be better trained to understand the effects of trauma on the mind, and how it might differ from case to case.

Vizla said in some cases, survivors may appear irrationally compliant because of power dynamics in the relationship with the perpetrator, where they may have been groomed to be reliant on the perpetrator’s affirmation.

This could stop them from resisting during the attack or even speaking out immediately after the incident, she said.

“What happened between the perpetrator and the victim after the incident is not a sign of whether the rape happened. Consent happens before the sexual activity, not what happens after,” she said.

‘Teacher Worship’ in dance could lead to sexual assaults

This article was the 2nd of 3 posted on MalaysiaKini, reposting it here so that students are well aware that they have their rights and to be alert in case of any future reoccurrence because I do not condone such behavior in the dance community. 
As instructors, our role is to provide a safe environment and be the reliable person students can turn to in their times of needs. By taking advantage of being in that role and attack the very students that trusts you is just wrong.
When Ming Pang learnt that an instructor of a dance studio in Kuala Lumpur was arrested after rape reports, she knew she had to do something.

The founder of the Klang Valley Swing dance scene, Pang knew that some of the dancers in her scene were also taking classes at that studio.

And she also knew that the studio - which specialises in a dance that is not part of the Swing scene - did not tell its students one of its instructors was reported for raping and sexually assaulting his students.

It was all very familiar. A few years ago, she said, the international Swing dance community was rocked by a scandal where top instructors were exposed as sexual predators.

“We had a look at ourselves to see how it was possible that these very high profile people were able to get away with this for so long.

“A lot of it was the culture of that the scene had created. This idol worship. These dance teachers are nobody outside but within the scene, they have a lot of power.

“If you’re the founder of the scene, you have a lot of power to choose who you favour. To what end, it is up to you. There is no regulation,” she said.

Now facing a similar scandal at home, Pang and her colleagues in the Swing dance community agreed that it was now up to them to ensure their dancers were safe.

And the best way to do that, she said, was to make sure they knew their rights.

Prolonged holds and inappropriate touches

Soon after the instructor was arrested last August, the Swing dance community held a safety talk, to inform the dancers of the arrest and to educate dancers on what was acceptable behaviour during a dance.

Pang said boundaries can seem very blurred to newcomers, and it is in this grey zone that the predators prey.

“There are confirmed black zones like rape but there are grey areas like sexist content in class and when dancing, there are holds that are too close or too long, or unwanted touches.

“A lot of times, people in positions of power can explain that away (as part of the dance) to newcomers who don’t know better,” she said.

Some dancers who took lessons from the affected studio where the alleged perpetrator taught told Malaysiakini there had been complaints about inappropriate behaviour and prolonged holds before, involving other senior dancers or instructors.

One senior male dancer was accused of holding female newcomers too close and would grind his body into the female dancers in ways which made them feel uncomfortable.

“When I complained, the teachers’ reactions were, ‘Well, what if he was (another good looking dancer)? Would you complain?’

“But I am an adult. It is not about whether he is good looking or not. I know what is an inappropriate touch and what isn’t,” one dancer shared on condition of anonymity.
She said one of the instructors had a reputation of trying to kiss his students during social dance outside the classroom, but this was largely seen by members as annoying but harmless, she said.

When contacted, the instructor denied this and said he did not have to respond on matters involving his personal life.

The perception of these behaviours changed completely after the incident in July where at least three dancers were allegedly raped by the studio principal, according to the women’s police reports.

The studio principal was also accused of raping his students in a separate incident in 2017, but police have cleared him of this accusation, concluding the sex was consensual.

The 2019 rape accusations are still under investigations, and the studio principal is on police bail after he was remanded for seven days in August. He did not respond to Malaysiakini’s request for a response.

Training to say no

Pang said she knows that convictions for sexual assault cases are very low, and this is why she hopes she can help stop them from happening.

“The best way is to have an educated scene and to train teachers to teach in non-gendered ways, and to train teachers on what is not considered acceptable,” she said.

“Part of our training is about consent, that consent must be given enthusiastically and that someone cannot give consent if they are drunk or inhibited in any way.

“Class students are told they don’t need to dance with anyone (if they don’t want to). If you don’t want to, they can say no without an explanation. No is a complete sentence,” she said.

This was part of a cultural shift. Some years ago, she said, it was considered polite to accept offers to dance even when one does not feel comfortable with it. These days, she said Swing students practice saying no.

“We have an Asian culture of being compliant and nice and we have very poor sex education. People are not as assertive about their body and the fact that they have every right to control who touches them,” she said.

The Swing dance scene has also put in place a system where dancers who feel they have been violated or witness inappropriate behaviour could raise it with the appointed safety officer of their particular Swing dance.

“Women in dance have been battling this. Better that they are aware, educated and know where to find help when they need to rather than have violence perpetrated against them,” she said.

Peer pressure to fit in

Peer pressure in the dance scene to join in and go along with things they feel uncomfortable with was raised several times in separate interviews Malaysiakini conducted with four of the women who said they were molested or raped by their instructor.

One dancer said in the scene it was deemed rude to reject an offer to dance because it was expected for dancers to be welcoming to newcomers. But this culture pervades off the dance floor.

One of the witnesses of the 2019 assault told Malaysiakini she did not do anything to stop the assaults because she was not sure if she was the only one who felt uncomfortable.

“If the other girls (who said they were raped) had told me they were okay with it, I would just close one eye (to the assault) and not reported it.”

One of the women who said she was raped said she had felt “shocked” by what was happening even before the assaults took place, but did not leave because she “did not want to be the abnormal one”.

In the 2017 incident, one of the survivors said she pretended that everyone had consented to the sexual relations so as to not embarrass the other women.

She only learnt two years later that the other women were too inebriated to consent, but were told by the instructor they were willing partners.

One of them told police she believed she was raped, but the case was closed. Police concluded it was consensual because she continued to have cordial relations with the alleged perpetrator.

Shockwaves in a close-knit community

The news of the 2017 and 2019 incidents sent shockwaves in the studio’s close-knit community of dancers.

One dancer who had been in the scene for three years said he was shocked when he first heard. To many of them, he said, the alleged perpetrator was like a brother.

The alleged perpetrator often organised parties involving the dancers where he also invited his mother, wife and two children, and the group would organise sleepovers during holidays.

At all the parties, he said, the activities were “healthy”.

“Perhaps because I am a man, I was not aware of the predatory behaviour against the women dancers. I was never invited to any of the private parties (where the assaults allegedly took place),” he told Malaysiakini in an interview, on condition of anonymity.

Soon after the instructor was arrested, two witnesses of the 2019 sexual assaults called for a meeting with senior members of the scene to tell them what happened.

“I remember people were totally shocked. Some people were sobbing,” he said, of the meeting that took place in August.

Some of them asked why the survivors didn’t resist the alleged perpetrator or push him away while one of the instructors said she knew about his tendencies.

'She also said she was always able to reject him and did not understand why the survivors could not do the same,' he added.

Even so, he felt there was collective acceptance that this had happened and that it needed to be addressed.

Two months later, however, it seemed that the incident was swept under the carpet and junior dancers were not informed. They were just told that the instructor was away for a while because he was ill.

“I also heard from the survivors there was pressure for them to retract their police reports,” he said. One of them did retract, feeling pity for the instructor’s mother who begged her to.

Angered by the treatment towards the survivors, the male dancer wrote about what happened on Facebook, urging the community to prioritise safety.

It sparked a storm within the community and some of the instructor's supporters attacked the male dancer for seemingly spreading unproven allegations, which could hurt the instructor’s children.

The exchange prompted him to take a break from dance. All he wanted was for the scene to put in place safety measures, like what the Swing dance community had done, he said.

Before this, he added, dancers could only report anything they felt uneasy about to the studio principal, and now that the principal is the alleged perpetrator, what happens next?

“I just hope the truth will come out and justice will be served. I also hope the scene will heal and safeguards will be in place.”

Dance Instructor Accused of Raping Students (Graphic Content)

The article was 1st posted on MalaysiaKini, reposting it here so that students are well aware that they have their rights and to be alert in case of any future reoccurrence because I do not condone such behavior in the dance community.
As instructors, our role is to provide a safe environment and be the reliable person students can turn to in their times of needs. By taking advantage of being in that role and attack the very students that trusts you is just wrong.
A prominent dance instructor in Kuala Lumpur has been accused of raping and sexually assaulting his students during two separate incidents in 2017 and 2019.

The police, however, cleared him with regard to the first incident on the grounds that it was consensual but are still investigating the second incident.

The complainants told police during both incidents, the instructor had organised “special parties” for a selected group of female students.

The father of two would then allegedly serve copious amounts of alcohol and perform a choreographed dance in which he would strip naked.

The women - aged in their mid-twenties and early thirties - said they were too drunk to consent to sex.

The next day, the women said the instructor would convince them that what transpired was consensual and just something which “went out of hand.”

In both incidents, the instructor told the women before the parties that whatever happened that night must be kept a secret, adding that he would “only go as far as they would go.”

But according to the reports, the women found their instructor “penetrating” them without consent, and on some occasions even after they had refused or tried to stop him.

In the first incident, the women told Malaysiakini that they remained silent out of shame and guilt. They also felt they were partly to blame and that no one would believe them, given his prominence in the scene.

The instructor, they alleged, also assured them that it was the first time this had happened.

Anna (not her real name) said she left the scene after witnessing the assault, because she felt fearful. The next morning, according to text messages sighted by Malaysiakini, the instructor said they had a fun night but the two women cannot remember what happened.

“He told me not to tell them (what happened),” she said.

“I thought maybe (the women) were embarrassed so I didn’t ask them anything,” she said.

Two years later, Anna found herself in another party attended by the dance instructor, where more students were allegedly attacked. This time, she refused to keep quiet.

'Post-traumatic stress disorder'

In three separate interviews, Malaysiakini spoke to four women who claimed they were either raped or molested by the same instructor.

In all the interviews, the women were either in tears or had to stop the interview to compose themselves. Some trembled as they recalled what happened. Some have stopped dancing - including those whose dance careers were hitting the international stage.

All the women who spoke to Malaysiakini sought therapy, underwent bouts of self-blame and believe they suffer from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Now, whenever a man comes towards me, I feel scared.

“I try to keep myself busy by filling up all my free time. I was in a (different) dance class and our instructor, a gay man, put his hand on my shoulder and immediately, I felt frightened and (the alleged perpetrator's) face flashed in front of me. That was when I decided I needed to see a counsellor,” said one of them.

Malaysiakini is not identifying the dance instructor, the studio he teaches at or the women he reportedly attacked, to protect the survivors' identities and for legal reasons.

When contacted, police confirmed that reports were lodged against the instructor, who was then arrested and remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations.

The investigations, according to the police, are ongoing for the allegations which surfaced in 2019 but it is learnt that no charges would be brought against him with regard to the first incident.

Police had concluded the sex was consensual partly because of WhatsApp chat transcripts. The police said the messages showed the women remained friendly with the alleged perpetrator after the incident.

The instructor, when contacted, said he would provide a response to Malaysiakini. However, despite repeated attempts, this was not forthcoming.

First incident

In the 2017 incident, four women were invited to attend a party for their friend, organised by the instructor at his studio in an upper-middle-class neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur.

According to the police reports, by the end of the party, three of the women were allegedly raped or molested. One was unharmed because she left early.

The instructor was accused of trying to insert his finger and penis into one woman while she was lying on the floor in a drunken haze, and raping another woman from behind while she was ill and bent over the washroom sink.

Anna told Malaysiakini that the instructor had allegedly tried to remove her underwear, but managed to stop him.

She recalled getting up to use the washroom after that and abruptly sobering up once she urinated.

“I felt the room come back to me,” she told Malaysiakini.

In her police report, Anna said she opened the washroom door to find the dance instructor on top of another dancer. “He was already penetrating her,” she reported. Terrified for her safety, she fled the premises.

'Senseless and unconscious'

Nina (also not her real name) was the dancer Anna told police she saw under the instructor. Nina told police she was so inebriated at the time that she could barely open her eyes. She did not even realise the dance instructor was on her until she felt him penetrating her.

“I did not know when he came on top of me and I did not want this at all,” she said in her report.

When she realised what was happening, Nina said she sobered up abruptly. She said the instructor “suddenly stopped and moved away” from her. She got up “in a state of shock”. After that, she said she saw the instructor attack her friend.

Nina told police that her friend was “senseless and not conscious” and was bent over the sink “like she was vomiting.”

“Her long pants and panties were gone and I saw (the dance instructor) penetrating her from behind,” she added.

Shocked, she crouched in a corner of the studio and subsequently passed out.

The next morning, the instructor took the women to his house, which he shares with his wife, two children and mother.

He told his family they had too much to drink and needed to sleep it off. And while they did, he contacted Anna, who fled the studio after she saw him allegedly attack Nina.

“He told me both (the other dancers) do not remember anything. He told me if they had asked, just say you don't remember anything as well.

“I thought maybe my friends are embarrassed about what happened, and I did not know what happened after I left, so I agreed to pretend that I don't remember what happened.

“He said this is the first time this has happened, he didn't expect things to go this far. So I believed him and did not question further,” she told the police.

The 2019 incident

Two years later, Anna found herself in an eerily similar situation.

Her friend, who is also a dancer, had invited her to a bachelorette's party in a suite of a luxury hotel, on the sidelines of an international dance festival at the same venue. The dance festival was organised by the instructor.

Looking back, she said, the circumstances of the party were bizarre.

As it was a bachelorette's party, they were told a stripper would be there. But it was a belated party - the wedding was months before and the new “bride” was already in her final trimester of pregnancy.

Even so, the attendees - five female dancers from the same scene - obliged their friend since they were already at the hotel that day to attend the festival.

What they did not know was that the stripper would be their dance instructor - or that he would assault or rape them, according to one police report.

Speaking to Malaysiakini, the women said they would later find out that the instructor had personally curated the guest list and pressured the “bride” into having the party.

Malaysiakini was unable to interview the “bride”. Her friends said she was busy with her newborn. Before her baby was born, she had accompanied her friends to lodge a police report and called a meeting with other senior members of the scene to tell them what had happened.

The incident in July 2019 bore a remarkable resemblance to the 2017 incident, with the instructor allegedly telling them to keep whatever transpired under wraps and that he would “only go as far as they would go.”

Detailing the incident to the police, the dancer who had also attended the 2017 party, said she saw the instructor “penetrate” three women who were intoxicated.

“I did not see or hear him ask for consent,” she said, adding that she heard one of them asking, “Are you serious?” when penetrated.

She also witnessed one woman attempting to crawl away but was pinned down and penetrated from behind. This woman declined to speak to Malaysiakini, citing trauma.

“She tried to move away but he pulled her back,” one police report by a witness read.

Just like in 2017, Anna felt frightened by what she saw and left the party midway. But unlike two years before, in the following days, she contacted the other women to check on their wellbeing.

This was when the women learnt the instructor had sent them all the same apologetic text message the next morning, saying that things just “went out of hand.”

One survivor, who remained at the party until the end, claimed that before he left, the instructor told them “to take everything that happened to your grave.”

He also posted a thank you message on Facebook dedicated to those involved in the dance festival. In it was a vague apology for “things that happened which (he) was not proud of”.

He sent a copy of this posting, with the apology highlighted, to the women who attended the party.

But this time, it was not enough to persuade the women that it was something that “went out of hand”, as he had claimed. It also prompted them to reach out to another dancer who attended the 2017 party to find out what happened then.

“When I heard that, I realised this was suspiciously similar to what happened to me and (my friend) two years ago,” Nina, who told police the instructor raped her in 2017, said.

Mother, wife begged for reports to be retracted

When the dance instructor was under police remand, the women met with his family, including his wife, who was their friend and fellow dancer.

They claimed that his wife cried and begged them to retract the reports and blamed herself for giving him “too much independence”.

Whereas, his mother purportedly kneeled before them and begged that the reports be retracted as well.

“The mother said that it was her fault, that she didn’t teach him properly. You cannot imagine what it is like to see an old woman kneel in front of you begging you like that,” one of them said. It prompted her to retract the report.

She told Malaysiakini the retraction was not because the incident did not take place but because she felt sorry for the instructor's mother.

The senior members of the scene also told the survivors they would also be in trouble for participating in such a party.

The retraction, she said, prompted those who supported the instructor to spread rumours that the accusations were fabricated and that the sex was consensual.

“We don't really know if he would go to jail. But that is not why we are doing this,” added another dancer, whose report is still under investigation.

The women just want him to stop preying on young, hopeful dancers.

Dance tainted

All the women have stopped attending lessons at the studio and have tried to warn other dancers about the situation.

The women also alleged that the management and other instructors want to keep the rest in the dark over the incidents.

In the scene’s WhatsApp group, those raising questions on safety were admonished. In one exchange sighted by Malaysiakini, a dance member said those raising the issue were harming the alleged perpetrator's children.

“The case is ending within a month or two and you know it […],” one member said.

At least two of the dancers have quit dancing entirely, including Nina.

Nina was a rising star. The dance instructor had sought her as his partner and promised he would train her to reach international status like how he did with his previous dance partners.

“People used to ask me why I do the dance, because the close proximity and movements seem sordid to them. But it did not feel that way to me. It was purely dance,” she said.

A year after the reported rape of 2017, she quit dancing because she could not stand being near him any longer.

“I really enjoyed dance. But all this has taken away the purity of dance for me,” she said.

Ostracised by the dance scene

Since the arrest, the women said, the dance scene has largely turned against them.

“If we could say no to him, then why couldn’t you?” one senior female member of the scene asked during an “emergency meeting” with some of the survivors after the instructor was detained.

When contacted, the senior female dancer declined to comment.

Another dancer, who has been active in the scene for many years, said she had never experienced anything inappropriate.

Despite not knowing anything about the incidents, she only agreed to speak to Malaysiakini about the scene on condition of anonymity because she did not want others in the scene to know she had spoken to a reporter.

Other members of the dance scene also blamed the women for what happened - they accused the women of drinking too much, placing themselves in unsafe situations, dressing or behaving provocatively and enjoying the sexual relations but are crying foul now out of shame.

The survivors said the senior members told them they should not have gone to the police, but seek help from the senior members instead.

Others also blamed the women for “tainting the dance scene” over an incident which “happened outside of dance”.

“I’m not involved in this. I just wanna dance,” one person said in the scene's WhatsApp group, after admonishing those raising the issue of safety for dancers.

Groomed by instructor

In retrospect, the women said, they felt they had been groomed by the instructor.

He was always testing their boundaries, one of them said, sharing nude photos of himself, trying to kiss or hug them in ways which they were not comfortable with - and normalising such behaviour.

They worry that they might have encouraged him by using friendly emojis or laughing at his sexualised behaviour in class.

One of them, with trembling hands, showed a message where she made a joke when the instructor told her that several senior members were targeting a new member to get her drunk.

“A friend from dance showed me a recent picture of (the instructor) with new students.

“I looked at the young women in the group and saw myself in them. I wish I knew then what I know now,” she added.

List of Dance Festivals around the Asia-Pacific for 2020

If you're looking around for a festival (especially salsa/bachata/afro-latin), you can check out this comprehensive list here.

Photos | KK Latin Kiz Escapade 2018

The KK Latin Kiz' Escapade 2018 was held over the last weekend of June in the heart of Kota Kinabalu with an amazing turn-out despite being a small event (if compared to the bigger festivals around Kuala Lumpur). Amazing atmosphere with a fantastic organizing team that is on top of everything. Taking care of us from the time we touched down til us leaving.

Here's the photos from the 3 amazing nights of dancing and 2 days of fantastic workshops.

Workshops | Day 1 & 2

Party | Casual Friday

Party | Prom Night

Party | World Cup Night

That's all the collection for this festival, looking forward to the next festival to bring more wonderful visuals to all. If you would like to engage my service for your upcoming event, do drop me a message and we can discuss further from there.

Photos | Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2018 : ALFA 2.0

ALFA 2.0 at Zell-V Wellness Club saw a fantastic turnout as fans of Latin and Afro gathered together in 1 venue for 5 days of social and 2 days of workshops. There's also the bootcamps but I always find that separate from the rest of the festivals. Here's the collection of photos shot during the Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2018.

Party | Back to School

Workshops | Saturday

Party | Hawaiian Night

Workshops | Sunday

Party | Police & Thieves

Party | Nighties

I was not at the pre-parties as it's a normal work day for me so priorities goes to the paying clients. Next festival for me will be the KK Latin Kiz' Escapade 2018 that'll be held in Kota Kinabalu. Will you be there? face

Photos | Miri AfroLatin Fiesta 2018

The Miri AfroLatin Fiesta 2018 has come and gone. A festival that is truly unique, organized and held at a small town in the Borneo island, the #MALF2018 was put together by a small group of dance enthusiasts, bringing in some of the best instructors and dancers from around the world to help build the dance community on the island, of course, those of us from the Peninsular was there as well. Here's some of the photos from the event.

The Free & Easy Moments

The Pre-Party

The Workshops

The Glitter Night

The Hollywood Night

The Traditional Night

That's all for the #miriafrolatinfiesta but do you know that they are currently running a super early bird promotion? Head to Facebook and do a search for Miri AfroLatin Fiesta 2019 and you will see the promo being shared. Will I be seeing you at the next festival?

Photos | I'M YOUR DJ Asia edition 2018

The Asian edition of the I'M YOUR DJ party has come and gone, did you enjoy the party as much as I did? For those looking for photos from the event, here's the complete album from the 3 days.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Next on my calendar of event is the Miri Afro-Latin Festival in March, come join me there.

Should local artists/performers get similar treatments from event organizers?

A friend in the dance community, Bani Alagesu raised the question of Why local artist/ performers is not being Paid at all by the event organisers on facebook recently. And thought I'd put this post here to get your opinion on it. What's your thoughts on this subject?

He posted: Why only external guest are entitled to get paid ?

> Our practise TIME
> Costume
> Studio Rental (if not with any studio)
> Performance Fees (if with the studio)
> Transport, Petrol, Tolls
> On top of that have to Pay Performers Pass for not even half the Price.
> If abroad: Flight, Accommodation, Food
> We are inviting our friends to watch our performances ?

Is giving 'opportunity' good enough reason ?

Is it because we are rich and can afford bigger charity ?

Why people reluctant to join Performance Team ?
Why people do Performances ?
Why people leave after a couple of attempt ?

No Right No Wrong .......

A fellow dancer, Azzy Soraya Hassan summarized it well with the following:

The question is NOT "organisers vs local dancers" OR "why we appreciate International dancers but not our local ones.

I'm not sure a lot of people really understand the nature of organising a festival; a lot of subjective issues. If an international artist comes to your city, for sure you want the opportunity to learn from them right, and we would be willing to pay for 'workshops'. Festivals is just a larger scale of that... Us as regular festival goers to pay for workshops with people we want to learn from.

Also depends on the scale of the festival.

Sometimes, up and coming local artists just want to be 'sponsored' (ie. Hotel, pass and sometimes flight) so that they have no cost to attend the festival but they don't receive any monetary compensation. And as they are able to build their reputation sometimes that's enough for them.
International artists have set contracts and rates and they are usually booked months before a festival....

If you are a local instructor being invited to a local festival and you feel you are big enough name to get paid but the organizer doesn't have a budget for you... You don't need to attend la. Simple as that. But surely if there's a festival happening in your own city you won't wanna miss it... So why not be a part of your local community especially when an international crowd is coming into town.

Organisers undertake financial risk with every event just to bring in a few headliners...So most of all, there would be no incentive to be a festival organiser if everyone coming to your festival wants to be a performer and get paid.

Also, we are not doing any 'charity' by paying for a performer pass for a festival. That is the payment for the service for someone to organise an event you want to attend. Same way we pay tickets for a concert.. we want to attend the event, so we pay.

On the question of performers, I guess it's a lot of pressure for some people, and they just want the experience of saying they had tried it once, but unless they really feel passionate about dancing or enjoy the thrill of performing, some people won't re-join performance teams.

Some people just like social dancing for example. Or some people can't commit to practice.

What do you think? Why not comment below and share your thoughts on this subject. Again, there is no right or wrong in this whole discussion.

Photos + Videos | Kizchata Christmas Edition 2017

The Kizchata Christmas Edition 2017 is finally over, the 13 hours of non-stop partying was a fun night to be at. 4 workshops back to back to kick off the dancing spree before the dancers sit back, relax and letting the music take over. Was told by the organizer that the next one will be in March and that's specially dedicated to the ladies! So make sure you stay tune to the updates and I'll keep you posted on the next event at this page. For now, I'll let the photos do the talking.

click here to jump to the Facebook Album : Kizchata 2017 Christmas Edition

Performance by Alex and Roslyn

Performance by Izzat & Karina

Performance by Jeff & Alex

Photos & Videos from World Bachata Festival 2017

The World Bachata Festival 2017 has come to an end but that doesn't mean that we will just move on to the next festival, time to look back at all the wonderful visuals as we go through a week of post-festival boredom. The festival kicked off with a pre-party at B&Blanco and ended the festival running all the way til the early hours of the morning. Without further ado, here's the photos and videos:


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Denim Night

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Bling Night

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Elegant Casual Night

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Definitely a great weekend of dancing, taking me a few days to recover from it. There's more festivals around the corner and as we wave goodbye to 2017, we can now look at the calendar for 2018 to plan our festival get-away.

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This is an article shared to me recently from this page. Am sharing it here as a reminder to myself about respecting the culture of the dance we embraced even though we are not from the Angola where the dance originated from.

One cannot expect somebody who's never been to Angola – or knows nothing about its troubled past – to fully grasp how the simple act of dancing, singing and socializing has always served as collective catharsis for its people. As Achille Mbembe, highly respected Cameroonian philosopher and political theorist puts it:

"Music has the capacity to marry soul and matter. Indeed, in Africa, music has always been a celebration of the ineradicability of life, in a long life-denying history. It is the genre that has historically expressed, in the most haunting way, our raging desire not only for existence, but more importantly for joy in existence – what we should call the practice of joy before death".


One of Princess Diana's most iconic images ever is her sitting next to a 13-year old Angolan girl, Lizete, who had lost her left leg to a landmine while going to get groceries with her mother in Huambo, a then war-torn province in southern Angola. At the time Lady Di visited Angola in 1997, Lizete had been waiting 3 years for a prosthesis.

Up to that point, Angola was virtually unknown to the average westerner; understandably so as war, famine, destruction and death were the only images typically associated with the country since the mid-1970s.

The Angolan civil war ensued soon after independence from Portugal in 1975. The transition of power in the Portuguese colonies was notoriously rushed, cumbersome and, overall, poorly executed. In the particular case of Angola, there was the added factor that the USA & USSR (former Soviet Union) had a huge appetite for geo-political control of a key, natural resource-rich country located in a strategic region of southern Africa. As a result, this led to a brutal civil war that was only interrupted in May 1991 soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall and with the subsequent end of the Cold War. After the first democratic elections in September 1992, armed conflict resumed and prolonged for another decade.

Arguably, no other PALOP country experienced more suffering in the post-independence era than Angola. Millions of lives lost; families broken apart and displaced from their homes; some mothers lost several sons in combat; often children became orphans of both parents; folks lost contact with loved ones as they were fleeing war-affected areas and never saw them again.

For decades, and before the crude oil boom, before the kuduro hype overseas and before the current exportation of kizomba to European dance floors, kizomba was probably the main (if not the only) source of pride for Angolans – together with banga, that indescribable "swag" Angolan men and women apparently tend to possess.


It is rather popular now in the so-called kizomba world for people to talk about and reiterate the importance of respecting "the culture". Recently, we were asked: to Angolans, what does that mean, exactly?

Perhaps, it is easier to just pinpoint ways in which kizomba aficionados can demonstrate a greater understanding and appreciation of Angolan culture as far as kizomba is concerned:

1. In debates of this nature, we strongly suggest you avoid saying things such as: "what's the big deal? It's only a dance. Get over it." Otherwise, when you do that, Angolans might feel that you are willfully ignoring all the historical background outlined above.

2. Make an effort to try to learn as much as possible about the country's history and how it's intrinsically tied to the birth of semba and kizomba. By doing so, you're indirectly showing empathy for all that grief from years past.

3. Yes, dance is an art but that doesn't mean you should do whatever pleases you with kizomba under the umbrella of "evolution". If you exercise your personal creativity as a dancer or instructor within reasonable boundaries, you're also honoring the plight of millions of people who used this same music and dances (semba, kizomba, etc) to purge the pain of humiliation inflicted during nearly 500 years of colonialism and to bury their sorrows during almost 30 years of civil war, death and destruction.

4. Avoid tweaking your Facebook name to include some ridiculous variation of the words "Kizomba" and "Semba" solely for marketing purposes (regrettably, even some Angolans do the same 🙄).
5. Be humble and understand that it takes years to master kizomba/semba and that you will not achieve the required level of competency to teach others after attending 2 or 3 workshops at a big festival somewhere in Europe. And, when you are finally ready to start teaching the dance, make sure that you equally empower yourself with knowledge of the socio-cultural environment in which kizomba was born decades ago. That way, you can grasp how and why it grew in Angola (and in the PALOPs at large) before hitting your local dance scene in Paris, New York, Toronto, Sidney, etc.

6. If you know too well that you teach neither kizomba nor semba, then that's fine but just make sure you advertise as such in your classes and demos. That will prevent you from being labeled an opportunist or, worse, an impostor.

7. If you're a promoter and you organize only urban kiz-oriented festivals/socials, do not sell them to the (naïve) masses as kizomba events. It is becoming increasingly clearer that nowadays these are two separate dances which ultimately provide distinct experiences on the dance floor.
Same applies to DJs – be truthful to who/what you are and folks will respect your craft accordingly. At the end of the day, there seems to be sufficient market in almost every major kizomba scene for both camps.

8. The etymology of words can often get diluted with time. There are plenty of examples of elements from African culture whose names were eventually lost in translation after being "exported" to the transatlantic diaspora(s). "Kizomba" has a rich, specific meaning in Kimbundu which Angolans would like to preserve as the dance explodes across the globe. Thus, avoid using and abusing the abbreviations "kiz" or "kizz" merely out of convenience and/or for commercial reasons.

9. When you go to a social, do socialize! Don't just try to get as many dances as you can, i.e. as if you're at the gym and you have to complete a set number of weight-lifting exercises. That's not the point nor the essence of the dance.

10. When you go to kizomba events – especially evening ones – always look your very best and dress to impress. This is valid for both men and women and it's actually a deep-rooted aspect of the kizomba culture.

Based on our observations at certain kizomba events, we could have expanded this list further to 20 or 30 items. However, the key point we're trying to emphasize here is that kizomba per se is more than just a "ballroom dance" - at least from an Angolan standpoint.


For us, Kizomba is not only a platform to reunite with friends and to debut your new shoes/outfit; it is above all a vehicle for social gathering, a pretext to eat and drink and – for a few hours – forget about the hardships and vicissitudes of this life. So, every time you take the floor, embrace the essence of the dance, for you have been given the opportunity to witness and honor a profound history.

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? Well, start looking at kizomba as the brown sugar in that lemonade and your experiences might be totally different. For the better.

2018 Dance Festivals & Competitions in Malaysia

Friends been asking so I guess now is better than later to post this up. To help you guild through the throngs of festivals that will be happening in Malaysia for 2018! The list will just be on Festivals & Competitions and not the regular parties that is held on a regular basis. For that, you can check out this link for the regular updates on venues to dance every week of the year.

Without further delay, here's the listing! If you would like to include your dance event or competitions in my list, please drop me a message via the contact form or click on the Facebook Messenger button at the bottom right of the screen to drop me a facebook message. Please note that this listing is for Dance related events only.


I'M YOUR DJ ASIA - Holiday Edition in KL

Date: 8 - 10 February 2018
Venue: Capri by Fraser Kuala Lumpur
Website: https://www.facebook.com/IM-YOUR-DJ-1376004512718045/
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1478136595542476/


Miri AfroLatin Fiesta 2018

Date: 2 - 4 March 2018
Venue: Meritz Hotel Miri
Website: www.malf2018.comPromo Code: Michael18
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/miriafrolatinfiesta/


Date: TBC
Venue: TBC
Website: TBC
Event Page: TBC


ALFA 2.0 : Afro-Latin Fest Asia

Date: 27 - 30 April 2018
Venue: TBC
Website: www.alfa-asia.net
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/alfa.asia/


KK Latin Kiz

Date: 29 June - 1 July 2018
Venue: TBC
Website: TBC
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1575692152449035/


ALIA : Afro-Latin Invasion Asia

Date: 25 - 30 July 2018
Venue: TBC
Website : www.aliafestival.com
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/aliafestival/


Zouk SEA 2018

Date: 3 - 5 August 2018
Venue: Glory Beach Resort, Port Dickson
Website : zouksea.weebly.com
Promo Code:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/176963782860894/

There you have it, the list for 2018. Which will you be attending? For organizers that'll like me to cover their event, I provide photography and some videography services.

Just drop me a message and we'll work out some arrangement from there. Ya? If your event is not listed, do let me know too and I'll put it in.

Videos: Latin Experience Bali 2017

You've seen all the photos from the Latin Experience Bali 2017. Now, here's the videos from the 3 days festival! Hope you enjoyed the videos as much as I enjoyed making them.

Highlights of The Latin Experience Bali 2017

Performance by Damaris Morales

Performance by Sea Safari

Performance by Salseando Group

Performance by Cebu Salsa Club

Performance by Yoannis Tamayo Solo #1

Performance by Zam & Jacintha

Performance by Dance Blaze

Performance by Cuban Salsa Indonesia Feat Amar Singh

Performance by Yoannis Tamayo Solo #2

Performance by Yoannis Tamayo Solo #3 (Bonus routine)

It was a fantastic weekend with the Cuban Salsa Indonesia team putting the weekend together. A team of superwomen with unlimited energy getting all the accommodation sorted for the participants, getting all the instructors out to the workshops on time and every night, host the party and after party til the wee hours of the morning.

Much respect to the girls and what they do. Looking forward to the Latin Experience 2018 as I was told that it will be even more epic than what we experienced this year.

Videos : Salsa-Lah 2017 Shows

Remember I posted about the Salsa-Lah 2017 Photos and mentioned that videos will follow suit, well, wait no more, below are all the videos from the Friday and Saturday show. Yes quality is a bit bad as I have limited ways to put the videos together. Time for me to figure out a way to get a new workhorse to work as my editing machine. Anyone want to sponsor?

Friday Show

1 Bailamos Project from Malaysia

2. Max & Christina from Singapore

3. Lawrence & Vivien from Malaysia

4. Outcast Dance Studio Salsa Team from Malaysia

5. Bailamos Shines Team from Malaysia

6. Son Cubano Project from Malaysia

7. Farhan & Ira from Malaysia

8. Jose & Dawn from Mexico/Singapore

9. Kumbata Team from China

Saturday Show

1. Afro Cuban by Outcast Dance Studio from Malaysia

2. Spring Salsa Ladies Styling from Vietnam

3. Bangkok Touch from Thailand

4. Dance Blaze Ladies Styling from Malaysia

5. Havana Estudio from Malaysia

6. Fai & Mavis from Malaysia

7. Spring Salsa from Vietnam

8. Cachimbo Dance Company from Malaysia

9. OnDSpot from Malaysia

10. Ivy Team from Malaysia

11. 261 Crew from Singapore

12. La Danza from Vietnam

13. Las Chicas Salsalicious from Thailand

14. Ruben & Evgenia from China (Mexico/Russia)

15. BLDC from Singapore

There you have it folks, all the videos from the 2 nights of performance from Salsa-Lah 2017. Some of you might wonder why some of the videos can't be located on youtube itself but is visible here. Well, Youtube has a strict copyright rule and some of the songs are restricted by the original artists themselves so most of the time, we just avoid putting in there to avoid getting our channels punished even though it's just our own performances. So hope you guys understand why some of the videos are hosted elsewhere.

Next post is the performances from the Latin Experience Bali 2017. Until the next Salsa-Lah event, share this post with your friends so they can enjoy all the performances as well!

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