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SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself. For year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.

Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs. With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces. This might be irrational fear and excessive caution, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Singapore has thus far been spared from the epidemic of digital voyeurism that has damaged many lives in South Korea. But the furore which erupted last weekend over the case involving National University of Singapore NUS undergraduate Monica Baey, 23 — who was filmed secretly while she was showering in a residential hall — is a reminder that the Republic is far from immune to the problem, and that more could be done to protect victims of voyeuristic acts. Students sit at a common area in National University of Singapore.

File photo: Darius Boey. On the same weekend that the NUS incident went viral on social media, a year-old man was caught allegedly taking photographs of another man showering in a male toilet at a Nanyang Technological University NTU residential hall. This was the second case in four days which occurred in an NTU residential hall, after a police report was lodged on Apr 18 against a year-old male hostelite who allegedly filmed a fellow student while she was showering the evening. For some victims, like a year-old civil servant who declined to be named, the fear can linger on for years after the incident.

She did not go to the police back then as she was having sex in a public space when she was secretly filmed, and was afraid she might get herself into trouble. Ms Anisha Joseph, head of the sexual assault care centre at the Association of Women for Action and Research AWARE , said there is sometimes a misconception here that non-physical abuse such as voyeurism is not as harmful or traumatic as physical abuse. Psychological effects can be long-term, and can run the full gamut, from developing a fear of others, depression, and anxiety, to suffering flashbacks, numbness and denial, she added.

Experts said that the true extent of the problem of voyeurism is far deeper and broader than the ongoing NUS saga. Unreported cases are common, said the experts who noted that published statistics are just the tip of the iceberg. It was revealed in a written parliamentary reply in October last year that about voyeurism cases involving hidden cameras were reported to the police in , up from some cases in Law and Home Affairs K Shanmugam said this was partly because more people are willing to step forward to report these cases.

The Criminal Law Reform Bill was tabled in February to address growing concerns over the surreptitious recording of people in various states of undress or intimacy — an offence which is not sufficiently covered under existing laws. It aims to criminalise the production, possession and distribution of voyeuristic recordings. Criminal lawyer Rajan Supramaniam from Hilborne Law LLC, who has handled more than 50 voyeurism cases, said he had come across increasingly more cases involving the use of mobile phones and spy cameras in the past five years.

And more teenagers are coming to seek his legal help. Photo illustration of a man taking upskirt photos. Photo: Jeremy Long. He is currently representing a year-old who was slapped with 14 charges after secretly filming upskirt videos of two of his teachers at two secondary schools last year, by placing his mobile phone, which was on recording mode, on his classroom floor. After being caught the first time, the then-Secondary 4 student was given a conditional warning and transferred to another school, where he re-offended before he was charged.

Investigations found that he had also unwittingly filmed someone showering by leaving his phone on a shelf in his own bathroom. Clinical psychologist Joel Yang said he is seeing one new case a month, on average, in the past one-and-a-half years. Quite a of his clients are voyeurs who have not been reported to the police, and were referred to him by concerned parents, schools, or employers. One case involved a year-old banker who was about to get married. He was afraid that his habit, if left unaddressed, might jeopardise his relationship with his girlfriend whom he had been seeing since his NUS days.

She still does not know that he had been a voyeur since university, where he had filmed women showering in his dormitory and that he had taken upskirt photos on escalators at shopping malls and in the MRT. He had stopped such behaviour for a few years after graduation, but relapsed this year after a job switch.

The unisex toilet at his new workplace was a big temptation, and he was almost caught in the act once when a female colleague from the same department walked into the washroom, and saw him kneeling down suspiciously before a cubicle. Five years ago, he probably come across one to two such cases yearly. But now, a year can see him handling two to three cases.

While digital voyeurism has reared its ugly head in Singapore and many other countries, it has become a hot-button issue in South Korea. The fear of digital peeping toms has led South Korean women to stuff tiny balls of toilet paper into any holes they find in bathroom walls or cover the holes with tape, as the of reported molka crimes rose sharply from 1, in to 6, — an average of 18 cases a day — in In March, police said that more than 1, hotel guests in South Korea were secretly filmed, and their private moments unknowingly streamed live online, as suspects had planted mini-cameras with 1mm lenses in digital boxes, hair dryer holders and wall sockets of 42 rooms at 30 hotels in 10 cities.

The rising cases of voyeurism in Singapore could be the result of people being exposed to excessive amounts of pornography online, said case workers and some men interviewed for this article. To him, chancing upon pornographic materials and their childish reactions to them was a rite of passage for him and his friends to explore their sexuality. Photo illustration. Swimming coach Vickel Chan, 25, said he would be disgusted if any of his friends were to tell him that they had voyeurism videos.

The lawyer said that during his time more than 20 years ago, male students used to climb up a staircase landing of a multipurpose hall at a university here, where they could peek into the female changing room, and they would be chased away by anyone who saw them. In the 70s and 80s, the biggest problem posed by voyeurs was them lurking in corridors of public flats to peep into rooms, and through gaps in the bathroom, Mr Lam pointed out. The voyeurs have merely changed their tactics in the past 10 years, when camera phones became widely used, he said. Dr Yang said people tend to have stereotypical images of those who have voyeuristic tendencies — they are viewed as not very successful in getting the attention of people they find attractive, or have specific sexual fetishes.

However, he said, the issue cuts across all sectors of society, regardless of gender, education, and social-economic class, and most people who admitted to have such tendencies are normal-looking individuals, with good jobs and normal relationships. Mr Rajan cited a case where his client, a banker, had been watching about one hour of pornography daily since his university days to relax, and felt uneasy and distracted when he could not watch it.

The man started his own collection of upskirt videos after being introduced to it through an Internet sex forum, where the culture was to share self-made videos with others members. For four years, whenever he encountered attractive girls during lunchtime around Raffles Place, where he worked, he would consider following them and looking for opportunities to film an upskirt video with his handphone.

By the time he was caught, he had amassed obscene films in his computer. He reiterated that not every voyeur has a mental disorder. For those who do, it can be treated with a combination of medication and psychological therapy.

With the formation of online communities, such as the SammyBoy forum, more might feel tempted to seek out voyeuristic thrills for themselves, having been a covert consumer of such videos. A screengrab of a website showing footage of women recorded on spycams. Nominated Member of Parliament MP Walter Theseira noted that there is a substantial of netizens who consume such voyeuristic content and drive demand even though they would never dream about taking part in the act of filming.

The rationalisation is that if a victim never finds out, it appears to be a victimless offence. This allows voyeurs to think they are not bad people. Recent high-profile court cases involving online voyeuristic video-sharing groups provided an insight into how such dynamics worked.

Such groups could be nodes where more boys or men solidify certain thought patterns, be it the objectification of women or other misogynistic attitudes, the experts said. Dr Winslow said voyeurism shows up more in cultures where male supremacy is predominant and women tend to be objectified. A woman at a cross junction. It actually gives them this slight feeling of power and control to be able to monitor women, or objects of desire, in the most intimate settings.

It is never on dated material. There is always the need to refresh with something new to satisfy desires. Dr Liew also find that voyeurism could be easily weaponised against women in this Internet age, and there are no lack of examples of people using nude video footage or pictures to blackmail others. While the NUS incident has sparked a public outcry calling for stiffer punishments for voyeurs, the way forward will need more than just making legislative changes, said community leaders.

Even with the upcoming changes to increase penalties for voyeurs and add new offences to deter the commission of such acts, Mr Lam said the law will have to balance between the rehabilitative and punitive aspects of criminal punishment. Do we say that there is no second chance in life, and there is zero tolerance for mistakes? There have been cases highlighted in the press and treated as a serious offence carrying a jail term.

Victims could also be given the option to apply for take-down orders online without having to resort to the many complicated steps of the Protection Against Harassment Act, she said. A year-old secondary school teacher noted that there is no lack of educational programmes, from sex education to cyber-wellness education. But many parents are not doing enough on their part in educating their children on these issues, she said. As to how sex education classes are currently conducted in school, the teacher who ly taught in an all-boys school said she might not want her own child to attend these classes.

You need to learn how to manage your self-control, and know what areas to watch out for. The year-old assistant vice-president at SembCorp Industries said her eight-year-old son recently got a Global Positioning System-tracker that is equipped with a photo-taking function, and she taught him to never take pictures of his friends without their permission.

Meanwhile, institutions must also take on some responsibility in building a secure environment, some of those interviewed said. Building owners and mall operators can provide better support by fixing clearer and more CCTVs around public areas as well, they added. While not promising any reinforcements, they said they would at the very least do their best to help in the investigation of reported cases.

A year-old former nightclub operator, who declined to be named, brushed aside the suggestion to install more cameras, saying the more pertinent issues for them are molest and assault cases. Besides, their facilities are too dark for cameras to pick up much, he said. As spycam debugging services pop up in South Korea, spycam suppliers here have also imported devices such as radio frequency readers, as more clients have requested for such services in homes and offices.

The spread of revenge porn and spycam porn in South Korea has prompted protests and calls for tech giants including Google, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter to work harder to curb high-tech sex crimes in the hyper-wired country. Some models also come with a scope-like device that will make the lens of a camera reflect brightly to make them easier to spot. Mr Pieter Tjia, from OMG Solutions, a supplier of such devices, said women can also protect themselves by looking out for oddly placed decorations in a hotel room.

If a decoration is placed at a weird height or at an odd location, there may be a camera embedded, Mr Tjia said. Cameras can lurk in wall hooks, smoke detectors, table and wall clocks, air fresheners, electrical outlets, bluetooth speakers, night lights, books, small holes in the wall, photo frames, stuffed animals, tissue boxes and clothes hangers, he said. Women or men, we're all human and we have our rights to live the way we want to.

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