After a long night of drinking, one man has said that he believes he was sexually assaulted by another man while sleeping at a hotel bath, allowing Chinese web users a chance to mock double standards and slut shaming.
The man surnamed Ma told reporters that he spent Friday night with his friends, feasting on food and alcohol. Afterward, he went to a hotel in the southern suburbs of Xi’an for a shower at the hotel’s underground spa. Feeling completely exhausted from his night out, the man laid down on one of the beds and passed out.
But, after sleeping for half the night, Ma was suddenly awoken by a sharp pain in his nether regions. Still in a daze, he sat up just in time to see a shadowy figure walking away from his bed.
Ma then wasted no time in finding a worker to check the surveillance tapes. The footage shows that at around 6:40 a.m. in the morning a man walked up to Ma’s bed and bent down briefly before quietly skulking away.
After watching the tape, Ma reported the incident to the police. Meanwhile, spa staff have told police that the shadowy man was another customer.
“It makes me feel absolutely sick, my mind is completely wracked with worry,” Ma told reporters. “I don’t know what he did to me; if he gave me some disease!”
Watch a Chinese news report on the incident below:
That news report has become one of the most popular videos on Weibo at the moment with netizens writing comments that sardonically mimic what responses to the incident would sound like if the victim had instead been a woman.
“Serves him right. Surely he was wearing that short, revealing robe in an attempt to seduce others. By falling asleep at the spa, aren’t you just asking for it?” reads one tongue-in-cheek comment on the Weibo thread with over 45,000 likes.
“He must have been showing too much leg, otherwise why would someone assault him? If you are not cautious then you have no right to complain. Don’t go to the spa, what kind of decent boys go to that kind of place!” reads another popular comment.
For a bit of context, Weibo users remain a bit miffed with a lecture given earlier this month at a Jiangxi university by a 63-year-old expert of “traditional values” who said that the best dowry that a woman can give her husband is her virginity, while also warning women against wearing revealing clothing, saying that it could lead to sexual assault or rape. The lecturer later “apologized” if her words came out wrong, but insisted that what she had said was for the women’s “own good.”
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