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    Jul 27, 2016

    NUS freshmen endure offensive orientation acts

    ONE was asked whose bodily fluids she would like to drink while another watched her peers re-enact an incestuous rape scene.

    These were two examples of the sexualised activities that hundreds of freshmen were made to participate in some of the National University of Singapore (NUS) orientation camps in the past two months.

    Some students said they attended the camps to make friends but were instead pressured to take part in increasingly sexualised activities.

    A 19-year-old freshman, Chloe (not her real name), told The New Paper that she left the room after she became uncomfortable during an activity that required her to answer questions that touched on taboo subjects such as which man's bodily fluid she would want to drink, who among them is the sluttiest, and who would never get married and die alone.

    "Every time I didn't take part, I was so scared that the orientation group would write me off as a prude and ostracise me," said Chloe.

    She added that the camp's cheering and chanting was also sexualised, with references to the male anatomy.

    Similar complaints have surfaced over the past decade.

    Another 19-year-old freshman, Kim (not her real name), said she was grabbed from multiple directions by different students during a game that involved soap and water.

    "I didn't even know where they were touching... it was a scary experience," she added.

    One of the forfeits for a game required a male and female freshman to re-enact a rape scene between a young man and his younger sister.

    "The girl had to lie on the floor, then the guy pretended to kick open a door and say: Kor kor (big brother) coming. The girl had to respond: Mei mei (little sister) don't want," Kim said.

    "He then kicked open her legs and did push-ups while lying on top of her."

    The orientation group leaders are seniors in NUS, and the camp attended by Kim was organised by the NUS Students' Union two weeks ago.

    A spokesman for the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) labelled such activities "alienating rather than bonding" while criminal lawyers said police reports should have been made.

    In response to queries, an NUS spokesman said it is looking into the issue.

    "The NUS Office of Student Affairs (OSA) has recently received feedback in relation to some inappropriate orientation activities," he said.

    "It is currently looking into the feedback and working with the faculty concerned."

    The spokesman added that disciplinary action will be taken against those who breach the university's code of conduct for students.