SINGAPORE – The School of Arts (Sota) has said it would investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by at least one of its teachers. This came after allegations of an anonymous Instagram account claiming to name alleged sex offenders gained strength.
The account, durian.dot, was created last week and has since been disabled. He had named and attached the Instagram handles of more than 20 alleged male offenders, listing his alleged crimes including sexual assault and sexual intercourse with minors.
A police report has been filed against it and police said they are studying the matter. They did not say what was the reason cited for the report.
Defendants include a local musician and at least one Sota teacher. In a statement, the school asked the victims to come forward.
He said: “We thank members of the public for drawing our attention to the various complaints about, among others, Mr. Jason Lim, Sota’s visual arts teacher, on social media. We are also aware of the allegations. submitted by the durian.dot instagram account which now appears to be disabled “.
The account worked by getting the victims to present their experiences, later insisting that they were first hand rather than saying so.
Doxxing, which is the publication of identifying information about a person on the Internet with malicious intent, is a crime.
The publications that attracted the most attention were those that included teachers and students from Sota. A pottery teacher was accused of sexually harassing, both physically and verbally, a 19-year-old while sharing a taxi.
One student has also been accused of taking photos of her skirt and creating a group chat of the entire cohort to share such obscene images.
The school said: “Sota Cross and works hard to ensure a safe and secure environment for teachers and students. Sota does not allow acceptance or abuse of any kind, either online or offline, for part of any staff member or student “.
He said the reports made at the school would continue to be properly investigated and sanctions would be imposed when the criteria were met. Those wishing to submit a report can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org, he said.
“Rest assured that all reports will be treated with the utmost seriousness, respect and confidentiality.”
It is not known who ran the durian.dot account, as the person or persons had insisted on anonymity. They had declined to comment when attracted to The Straits Times, but said in an Instagram post that they had “weighed the pros and cons, concluding that it is more important to highlight these behaviors than to continue to support the mother.” .
Some sites had been removed during the week, either after troll suspicions or because the person involved had “taken the necessary steps to avoid repeating the same behaviors.”
“We are aware that this is considered doxxing and we can be reported … For most cases, we have enough evidence about our goal to work alongside the police, but we do not publish them to protect the identities of the victims.” said a message.
“In other cases, they may not be convincing due to lack of evidence, so awareness is the next best bet. Our society normalizes abuse far more than talking.”