Chinese Student Creates Map That Helps Female Students Avoid Sexual Assault on Campus

In an admirable, diligent effort to save his female schoolmates from sexual predators, a senior student at Beijing Normal University (BNU) has developed a special university map that indicates where sexual harassment and assaults usually happen inside the campus.

Chinese senior Kang Chenwei wrote a report that explained in detail the sexual assault cases on the campus covering the past decade. According to Quartz, the 13,000-word report described the nature, time, location and frequency of incidents which he collected after four months of research.

He published his report online via the Chinese social networking site Weibo on August 29 which has since gone viral. Thousands of BNU and other students have also shared his work to show support.

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Kang’s study involved collecting information from around 60 cases reported by students over the years. He interviewed several victims and even a few offenders. He even assisted the police in arranging a sting investigation of a professor who had been previously been accused of abuse.

According to his study, the most common sexual harassment cases in his university include indecent exposure, acts of voyeurism and others. He also reported that all the offenders were male. Also, the research found that most of them were not even from the university itself, but at least three were students at BNU and one was a professor at the school.

The map has colors marking the frequency of sexual harassment, using different locations markers on campus. Kangs’s map indicated the sex offenders’ most frequent spots included a women’s dormitory building and one teaching building. He marked both locations as red.

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The reason for this, Kang explained, is that the pathways near the dormitories are not well-lit and do not have any surveillance cameras.

Following Kangs’s explosive report, BNU responded via a statement posted on Weibo on Aug. 31, stating that the school has already installed emergency alarms on campus and even promised to tighten security to effectively  prevent any sexual assaults in the future.

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