#MeToo goes global but is Malaysia ready for it?

Liow Sze Xian

A handbag next to a placard with the hashtag MeToo (#MeToo) during a debate to discuss preventive measures against sexual harassment and abuse in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, last October. The movement grew out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood. – EPA pic, February 5, 2018.

THANKS to the power of the internet, the #MeToo movement has spread globally and in Malaysia, it has resonated with many, prompting people to speak up about their experiences of being sexually harassed or assaulted.

One of them is a 26-year-old Muslim man of mixed ethnicity, who asked to be identified as Peter. Standing 180cm tall, he comes across as a decisive person, but hides a dark secret. 

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