Lawmakers Propose String of Bills against Sexual Misconduct

Write : 2018-03-07 16:47:22 Update : 2018-03-09 10:39:48

Lawmakers Propose String of Bills against Sexual Misconduct

As the #MeToo movement in South Korea is spilling over into the political arena, a series of bills aimed at strengthening the punishment of sexual predators and protecting the victims are being proposed. 

According to the National Assembly’s bill information representative system, Representative Song Ki-hun of the ruling Democratic Party proposed a bill designed to make it compulsory to report cases of sexual violence that occur at government and other public organizations. 

Under the bill, the heads or members of the central and regional governments or public organizations who are aware of a sexual misconduct case are required to report them to law enforcement authorities. 

If they try to conceal or downplay the incidents, they will face imprisonment of up to a year or a ten-million won fine. 

The minor opposition Bareunmirae Party proposed a ‘Lee Youn-taek law.’ 

Named after the disgraced theater director facing numerous sexual misconduct accusations, the bill stipulates the extension or suspension of the statute of limitations of sexual violence stemming from power disparity between genders. It is also intended to strengthen the protection measures for the victims or third-party whistle-blowers.

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