The Online Friend Who Wasn’t

In 2017, I befriended a man through WeChat. I was studying and living in a rented room away from my parents who lived in another town.

He started off easygoing and humble but after a few months, his real colours showed. He began to use vulgar words and acting strangely. I decided to block him from contacting me.

I thought that was the end of the problem.

When my phone died on me, I decided to get a new phone. My WeChat account went haywire and he managed to contact me again!

He insisted that we dated and threatened that if I refused, he would share my photos and phone number on porn websites. I was shocked.

I was thinking of my parents and how ashamed they would be if they heard of this. I agreed to go out with him – but only for dinner. On the said day, he took me to his brother’s house as he said the dinner was at his brother’s house.

I felt something was amiss. When we reached his brother’s house, no one was around and he pushed me into his bedroom and raped me. I tried to fight back but he was stronger.

After the rape, I began to change and my housemates sensed something wasn’t right. They kept asking me until I told them about the rape. They said I needed to report the crime.

I was brought to the police station and then to the OSCC (One Stop Crisis Centre) at a government hospital for a medical examination. WCC Seberang called me and told me about their counselling. It took some time for me to be brave enough to step into the WCC Seberang office.

I was told of the court process and when the day of the trial came, the WCC social worker and advocacy officer went with me to court. It made me feel more confident.

After the perpetrator was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and 5 strokes of the cane, I felt relieved.

WCC also encouraged me to continue studying and I now plan to start my own business once I have graduated.