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NUS peeping tom breaks his silence and seeks forgiveness, but his account contradicts Baey’s

Going public was a last resort.

Nicholas Lim, the perpetrator bearing the brunt of the media flurry surrounding the National University of Singapore (NUS) peeping tom saga, has finally spoken up.

In an emotional interview with Straits Times, he implores the public for forgiveness saying,

“Nobody should ever be put through the kind of trauma that I caused Monica. People have condemned me and my actions – I deserve it. I condemn myself. I seek everyone’s forgiveness.”

A moment of opportunism

The 23-year-old chemical engineering undergraduate recounts the night in which the events took place at Eusoff Hall hostel.

According to him, his actions were purely out of a split-second moment of opportunism.

Lim told The Straits Times, he was walking to the male toilet when he heard someone showering in the female toilet,

“The thought came and I did what I did. It was a hasty decision. I didn’t know who was inside. I wasn’t dead drunk.”

Before the incident, he was on his way back to his girlfriend’s room after a post-match celebration with his touch rugby match teammates. He had not meant to target any female in particular and his decision was a rash one.

The morning after

At the point where his girlfriend received a message alert on her phone warning of a Peeping Tom going around campus, he confessed he was the one who recorded someone in the shower.

“I wanted to confess it was me”

-Nicholas Lim to Straits Times.

Lim and his girlfriend immediately went to meet Baey so he could own up and apologize. In his interview, he distinctly mentioned his reason for doing so was not out of fear of being caught from the CCTV footage but because,

“I did something wrong. I wasn’t planning to hide from it, to run”.

He-said-she-said

The confession, it seems, does not tally with Monica Baey’s retelling of how it went down.

According to Baey, the security camera footage clearly shows Lim searching for different cubicles in a different block of the hostel with the intention of finding a victim to film.

This account would contradict his account of the incident, that he encountered the victim in a randomised event as he was walking past the female toilet at that time.

In her interview with Straits Times, Baey shared that given at how unsafe she felt after the incident, “this was not about revenge”.

Her intention to go straight to the police as well as going public with her plight on Instagram was the last resort.

“I didn’t know what was the right thing for me to do and there was a lot of responsibility on me — what if he ended up going to jail? But then I decided to make the police report because I realised I was thinking for the perpetrator. And I needed to think about myself, and others he might prey on.”

Mary Baey, Monica’s mother, spoke publicly about the lenient sanctions by NUS against Lim which she deemed “completely unacceptable”.

Monica took to Instagram to warn others so that they could take preventative measures and avoid these incidents from happening.

“I posted on Instagram simply because I wanted the people in my life – my family and more importantly, my friends in NUS – to know what he did so they can be wary and be on the lookout for people like him, so this will never happen to them.”

Lasting change still pending 

The events have since culminated into a 1.5-hour emergency town hall (Apr 25) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to address the controversy and put any further concerns of sexual misconduct by the student body at ease.

Although no pictures or recordings of the session were allowed, we gleaned what we could from the student cohort in attendance who later took to Instagram to express their dissatisfaction.

Here are some of them below.

To summarize, many felt that the session was too short to provide sufficient airtime for grievances, the “Review Committee” is still in the process of being formed, and the town hall could not be extended as the professors had “an important meeting to attend” right after.

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According to the onsite accounts, those present were left shocked as a sexual assault victim who suffered from a three-year-long post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) finally took courage to relate her story to the student body present.

The Provost thanks her and abruptly ends the session.

Baey who was at the town hall, offered some insightful suggestions for the university in light of handling future cases of sexual misconduct, lest they happen again:

“I see a chance to get some real change and to make a difference, and I have to take it.”

– Monica Baey, the victim.

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