SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 8, 2018 – Amid the #MeToo movement that has quickly spread throughout the country, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced measures to combat sexual harassment and assault for officials and workers at the city hall, and also for the citizens who are easily exposed, but have no protective measures.
Based on the plan, the SMG sets up a more strengthened system than it had before that allows victims who may have a fear of possibly being mistreated or disadvantaged to report what happened to them without hesitation and worries.
Once a report about a sexual misconduct is received on the system, a victim and an offender are separated in the personnel system so that they do not work together nor are not connected each other because of work. Victims are also able to report it with a computer out of the workplace or a smartphone so that they are not exposed. An anonymous third person, too, can report any sexual misbehavior.
To avoid the secondary damages to victims, a manual that describes what each player should do in an actual situation is to be developed and educated. Those involved in the secondary damages – putting up with unfair personnel treatment against victims, ridiculing and leaving them out in the workplace – also face the penalties equivalent to what the first offender may have.
A special team dealing with sexual harassment and violence will be created within the city government by the end of this year, and later an exclusive department with four teams working for preventing gender violence will be establish to ensure consistency and specialty of the initiative.
As a part of the measures, the Seoul #WithU project will be launched to support the citizens living and working in places where they are hardly protected from any sexual crimes. Through the project, the SMG will educate those who are vulnerable to sexual violence, train related experts, and provide legal consolation.
If one of the publicity ambassadors, goodwill high-profile figures to promote Seoul, gets involved in sexual misconducts, his or her designation will be immediately canceled, and memorial places, if any, will be shut down. If any sexual misbehavior is occurred at organizations that are commissioned to do public works by the city government, and if nothing is done afterwards, the contract will be canceled.