Tired of seeing headlines about upskirting, digital voyeurism and the non-consensual taking and sharing of intimate photos and videos? Want to do something about it? Here’s a chance to help AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) fight this pervasive form of sexual violence.

From 25 November 2019 to 7 February 2020, we’re opening our contest—Taking Ctrl, Finding Alt—up for submissions! Send in your proposals for ways to tackle image-based sexual abuse. Winning projects will receive a funding package, including a “kickstarter” sum of up to $6,000 from AWARE and our partner, the High Commission of Canada, as well as development support and specialised mentorship for a pilot phase over six months in 2020.

What is image-based sexual abuse?

Image-based sexual abuse (IBSA) is the non-consensual creation, obtainment and/or distribution of images or videos of a victim. It also includes threats to carry out the above. These images can be so-called “nudes” taken with the victim’s consent as well as images taken without the victim’s knowledge (e.g. via “upskirting” and placing hidden cameras in public places). IBSA cases seen by SACC doubled over the three years, from 30 in 2016 to 64 in 2018.

Your ideas

Proposed solutions to image-based sexual abuse should fall under these three themes:

  • Prevention (e.g. policies for companies to ensure safety within their workplaces, sustainable awareness-raising initiatives)
  • Better access to support for survivors of IBSA (e.g. initiatives to minimise the distribution of personal info, images or videos)
  • Better access to justice for survivors of IBSA (e.g. research projects on best practices to tackle IBSA, proposed changes in the law, policies, procedures for better protection of IBSA survivors)

Contest rules and guidelines:

  • Individuals, groups and organisations are all welcome to apply. The projects must be led by a Singapore citizen or PR, above 16 years old.
  • Proposed project can be for a new idea or an ongoing project.
  • Proposed project must be aligned and not in conflict with AWARE’s mission, vision and values, and the operating principles of AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre.
  • If the project is selected for funding, the individual, group or organisation will be required to submit a mid-term and a final report.

How to apply

Step 1: Register your interest

Start your journey by registering your interest by 15 January 2020 at this Google form.

Step 2: Submit your proposal
Please read the Taking Ctrl, Finding Alt Contest: Proposal Requirements for instructions on creating your proposal.

Email your proposal to us in .doc format by 7 February 2020 at xiuxuan@aware.org.sg. Subject line: Taking Ctrl, Finding Alt Contest Submission.

Step 3: Review and assessment of the proposal

Project applications will be reviewed by the selection committee appointed by AWARE. The winner(s) will be notified by email by 9 March 2020.

Step 4: Project pilot phase

Once the winner(s) are announced, funds will be released and mentorship will commence in mid-late March. From here, projects will be developed towards a pilot phase, which will span no more than six months.

Team members will be required to submit a mid-term and a final report on their progress.

Step 5: Evaluation and wrap

Projects will be evaluated and impact will be presented to the committee by 25 November 2020. Suggestions towards the next phase of the project will be provided.

Project Assessment Criteria

  • Impact: How well does the project address the problem? Is the solution grounded in research, whether in Singapore or other countries?
  • Feasibility: Is the project SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely)? Are partners and/or experts identified to support the project?
  • Uniqueness: Is there an insight or innovation that differentiates this project?
  • Scalability: Can the project scale beyond the initial proposal with additional resources, partners, etc?
  • Values and principles: How well does this project further AWARE’s mission, vision and values?

More information

Here are some reading materials about technology-facilitated sexual violence and image-based sexual abuse in Singapore.

We thank the High Commission of Canada for their support on this important initiative.