Hurdler Vera Lui claims sexual assault by coach in teenage years

Local | 30 Nov 2017 12:33 pm

Medal-winning hurdler Vera Lui has joined a social media campaign against sexual harassment, saying she too was assaulted as a teenager almost a decade ago.

Lui posted a picture with a #Metoo sign on social media overnight as she turned 23. 

In her public post, she recounted that when she was 14 or 15 years old, she got a phone call from a coach asking if she needed a massage.

Lui wrote that she thought he was professional and didn't think anything dodgy could happen. They went to his home, and after he massaged her thigh, she said he told her to take her jeans off so he could massage her more easily. 

Lui said he then touched her private parts and she didn't know how to react, RTHK reports.

She said she was inspired by US Olympic gold medallist, gymnast McKayla Maroney to reveal that – she too – was a victim. Thousands of assault victims across the globe have joined the #Metoo campaign.

Lui said that even though she has not heard of similar cases in Hong Kong, she thinks she isn't alone in the local sports sector in suffering abuse. She said she hopes her account will encourage more people to come forward.

Lui, who went to Pui Ching Middle School, was a bronze medal winner for Hong Kong at the East Asian Games four years ago

After Lui posted the message, the school said she told them about the alleged abuse three weeks ago. In a statement, the school condemned the alleged perpetrator, and said it is deeply saddened by what happened to Lui.-Photo: RTHK

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