On May 8, at around 23:20, a foreign man sexually molested a Chinese woman 100 metres outside the Xuanwumen subway station, just opposite the Sogo Department Store. The man was immediately arrested and detained. According to reports, the man is a UK citizen in China on a tourist visa. This incident has sparked major outrage among the Chinese public and footage of the incident, which shows the man being beaten up by angry passers-by, has gone viral on numerous Chinese video-sharing and micro-blogging sites.
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As I understand it, the brit is still in police custody, but so is the lady - and others involved. Too many people on here are so quick to jump to the conclusion that a rape was taking place... whatever was going on it was sordid and wrong (in a public place) but despite an (edited) video where did we see this guy actually 'force' himself onto the girl... we hear her shouting to a video camera that she does not know him - and looking distressed - lying on her back with her legs around him, do we conclude from that alone that he is guilty of rape ?. eChinaCities, you have shown ignorance and fuelled this with the headline 'foreigner attempts rape'..."IF" (???) this turns out to be a fake or set-up, will you or anybody else be prepared to apologise for calling this guy a rapist ?.
May 25, 2012 08:00 Report Abuse
A lot of electricity in the air about this matter.After reading through many posts,there are a number of truths and lessons that must be learnt.First,it will be an understatement to say many Chinese people stretch to the last extent to express their excitement about people from countries like the UK,US,Canada,Australia,Newzealand,you name them.Most of them will stop at nothing to get their children taught by these selected few,or even use up all the life savings to send these children to schools in these countries.This implies that they,Chinese people in turn expect some semblance of decorum from their foreign friends.This is not exactly what they seem to get,and it's fast leading to a strain in the relationship.One aspect of foreign expats' lives in China that keeps kicking up dust has to do with the relationship between men and women.Here we don't need to go into any preaching,but my humble advice for all expats in China is that they should observe the way Chinese people live,and should never forget this:"Do all you want with your girl under the cover of darkness,but don't just poke at public decency".My second point has to do with personal responsibility.How does it feel to be seen in the arms of a girl staggering home dead drunk in the early hours of the morning,in a country where men prefer their amorous adventures to remain hidden behind the scenes? How does it feel to see a 60 year old grand dad carrying her granddaughter of a lover on his lap and sitting conspicuously in a bar? When drunk why do some of us not preferably take a taxi straight home,instead of engaging in verbal gymnastics with Chinese? My third point is that struggling to say this guy was not about to rape the girl is pathetic. Why not accept the crime and stop lame justifications? By doing this,we may actually place ourselves on a higher moral pedestal,proving to the Chinese that we can hold our own people responsible for the crimes they commit.If we rush to conclusions,and CCTV cameras were to prove he had rapist impulses at that moment,then we will not have a leg to dance on.My last point hovers around Chinese people's overreaction with anything that has to do with foreigners;especially any negativity.When the Brazilian who repelled thieves in Guangzhou was allowed to feign for himself,when the thieves fought back,there was no outpouring of scorn amongst the Chinese to show their lack of empathy,and courage in this case.Up to this day there are few reactions under that story.Chinese must come to terms with the fact that foreigners are already here,and that people should be individually judged by the content of their character and not because they are foreigners.Under the colours of our bodies,we all have the same struggles,the same demons,and the same yearnings.
May 15, 2012 20:13 Report Abuse
Maybe this is wrong what this man did but also the Chinese people should stop attacking foregin people or hitng them today the police here do nothing I have a friend that items where taken and the thief was shown on video but as yet the police do nothing maybe the chinese people should realize that there are many bad people inclding their own kind
May 15, 2012 19:59 Report Abuse
1) He doesn't particularly look like he is raping her
2) Initially, she doesn't seem like she is being raped
3) When approached the man seems pretty calm, not like he has been caught in the middle of a serious sexual assault.
4) There is heavy editing. We never see the full extent of the attack upon him. Other than being passed out and with a ripped t-shirt, he does not look like he has suffered a beating. Some might think it looks a bit staged.
5) The guy who uploaded the video, posts some heavy grandstanding. More like he is trying to prove what a man he is than anything else. Why would you put that online?
6) The side of a main road under lighting, is an odd place to carry out a sexual assault.
7) What does she grab at the 10 second mark?
8) It seems weird that the phone suddenly appears in her hand.
9) To have you photo appear twice on the internet in that fashion, what are the odds?
May 14, 2012 17:45 Report Abuse
hehe, isn't it another way to protect criminals? why not just face it. punish the criminals? why there are always disgusting people try to protect them? Why people can not just sand by the side of the victims? Why some people dont have conscience at all?
May 13, 2012 21:15 Report Abuse
There is a word. BEHAVE. there is another word. HOME. I do believe behaving is really important, especially ,when you are in someone's home as a guest. You tell me how this happen in the girl's own country? and the trash like you think it's reasonable? well, well ,well, I do agree that guy be beaten death
May 12, 2012 01:15 Report Abuse
One British did such stupidity, that doesn't imply that all the Brits are the same. This not only happens in China. More serious than this has already happened in another province when a Chinese guy stabbed a woman to death on street.This is happening everywhere in the world.
Killing a molester is not the solution. I'm not defending him, but trying to give solution. This man seems uneducated without sense of morality. Of course he should be punished. Only punishment is not adequate.
Each society should develop the quality of education. The parents and schools should take responsibility to provide wisdom so that their Children would learn what sense of morality is. So that they would not do the same stupidity after years.
May 11, 2012 06:30 Report Abuse
No, you jumped to conclusions. It would be more fair to say that I think people molest because they want sex. Think about how raped crimes have gone down since the rise of internet pornography. I think you could argue the sex is the desire he wanted. His method of achieving his desire, completely out of line. And for the record, still think it's probably propaganda.
May 13, 2012 16:28 Report Abuse
to teddy:i cannot say this video is true or not, because i am not a passer-by when it happened. but your opinions and imaginations towards this incidents is absolutely show that you are a bastard,asshole guy!
100 rmb can be fucked on street? how can you imagine that? is that the reason how you coming to this world? what did you want to show by the " British Embassy spokesman" ? this incident happened in china.
you are a chinese, and your english is not good....so what? it is not really matter that your english is poor or not,the most important thing is your thinking is poor or not, unfortunately we knew the results.
May 13, 2012 17:07 Report Abuse
to charter 08: you can see the asshole balls? good eyes! the girl was lying back, that because the asshole was stopped and faced to the passer-by. the asshole was not put off its trousers, that is right, beause it is Obscene that girl ,not rape at that time.(by the way, "it" means to this asshole)
let is check out what will do by the chinese police, speaking the truth, i am not trust the police, but i think the gov. should give the public an acceptable solution. we will see.
the last paragraph you said a lot to RACHEL, and given a lot ballshit judge to chinese people. it is your opinion, you can judge the gov. you can judge police, but you should not insult a girl. i think RESPECT is one of the baselines to human.
May 13, 2012 17:34 Report Abuse