Ladies, be careful when you’re walking alone in Singapore. As the Singapore Police Force often reminds us, “low crime doesn’t mean no crime”. A woman had a chilling reminder of that when she was tailed by a flasher at Clarke Quay on July 7—and she got it on video.

In a series of Instagram stories, Jewel Koh shared footage of her harrowing experience, warning other women to be wary if they were in the area.

Jewel said that she was making her way to Liang Court to hail a taxi in the morning when the man appeared out of nowhere.

Jewel shook him off but this was just the beginning of her ordeal. The man brazenly started tailing her while touching his private parts in broad daylight.

“I shouted at him to stop following me, but he didn’t listen. Instead, he started chasing after me,” Jewel told Mustshare News.

The man then caught up to her, took his pants off and exposed himself to her.

“I thought he was going to attack me already when his pants came off. I screamed for help, but no one came.”

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After pulling out her phone and recording the man as evidence, Jewel made her escape.

According to Mothership, Jewel said: “He only stop blocking me after I raised my voice on him. I ran away after.”

Jewel shared her experience on Instagram as a warning to others to be vigilant and aware.

She also posted an update the next day (July 8) saying that she had lodged a police report.

Police on Tuesday (July 9) said that a 40-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the case and that investigations are ongoing.

Unfortunately this incident serves as a reminder that perverts can strike anywhere, even in broad daylight. Just last week, a school boy was caught touching himself on a public bus while looking at a secondary school girl.

Be safe out there and remember, you don’t have to suffer in silence.

If you have been sexually assaulted and need help, please call Aware’s Sexual Assault Care Centre at 6779 0282.

Image: Tan Lin Kuan
Text: Kimberly Anne Lim / AsiaOne / July 2019