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Badass women: 21 April 2017

We take our hats off to Malaysian student Atilla Hanna who spoke up against a group chat created by college students to critique new female students

By Lydia Chan | Published: 23 Apr 2017

Badass Women 21Apr17
Photo: Atilla Hanna

Atilla Hanna

[Updated 23 April 2017]

A statement released by Brickfields College today says only one boy is facing disciplinary action and has been given 100 hours of community service.

 
[Updated 22 April 2017]

Atilla has released a new Twitter thread on her personal account, detailing interactions she has had with officials from both BAC and IACT about her original post, the boys' actions, and the subsequent social media publicity. She has explained that she's disappointed with the action taken by the staff of both colleges, that she was pressured to remove her original post and made to feel at fault for publicising the incident in the first place. 

In her tweets, Atilla writes: "I cracked and took the post down as they said it was the wrong move on my end. Fast forward to two days ago, the boy who said those nasty things approached me along with a friend of his. He apologised but his friend was also stating that I was wrong as well, both BAC students. Thats when I asked him, what he got from the BAC team, he said NOTHING. He didn't get any disciplinary actions towards him. He said the most that he got was a slap from a girl but nothing from BAC. NO counselling, NO temporary suspension, NOTHING. He walks free."

Atilla has also stated that she's faced intimidation and threats from other students, and her parents have consequently made the decision to withdraw her from IACT.

We contacted a representative from BAC today, who informed ELLE that the male students involved in the incident have been suspended until further notice and given 1,000 hours of community service at the college. 

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For anyone who thinks that fighting for women's rights is a 'western feminists' thing, this Malaysian student is here to tell you otherwise. Now-deleted tweets by Atilla Hanna (@nottilla) reveal how she exposed a college group chat that critiqued and objectified new female students at IACT College and Brickfields Asia College. Students in the group had made negative comments about her and her boyfriend. The stream of insults even included one particularly unacceptable comment: "She gonna kena rape from me, then she must marry me." We're fuming too.

[Update: A Facebook post by the sister of Atilla's boyfriend that contained screenshots of Atilla's tweets has been deleted.]

Atilla made reports to the BAC and IACT managements, who have apparently resolved the matter (we hope that means the group chat has been shut down and the students reprimanded). Atilla tweeted that she chose to speak out "to encourage and instill respect for women" and that "RAPE is not cool." Good on you, Atilla, for having way more balls than any of the guys in that group chat ever will.

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