In the wake of the 'MeToo' movement that spread across Korea in late January, after public prosecutor Seo Ji-hyeon revealed her experience of sexual harassment in the workplace, the Korean government has taken action to try and prevent it with severe disciplinary measures.
President Moon during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, asserted the need to eradicate sexism and sexual assaults from Korean society and to create an equal and fair country.
He stressed that the task should not just be the responsibility of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family but needs the combined effort of all branches of government.
The Gender Equality Minister, Chung Hyun-back, said there are 19 regulations that need to be legislated or revised.
The ministry said that running sexual harassment reporting centers, strengthening punishments, and preventing secondary victimization in sexual crimes were critical when dealing with the issue.
In the public sector, the concealment or belittling of sexual crimes will be met with severe punishments.
The government will provide thorough guidelines for each public department.
In private sector, labor supervision will be expanded and strengthened.
Protection and counseling for victims will continue after cases are resolved.
In the education sector, a new law will make the establishment of reporting and counseling centers compulsory in universities and will distribute guidelines for dealing with sexual crimes in schools.
Countermeasures will be reinforced within schools through strict punishments.
In the culture and arts sector, the government will support reporting and counseling and will systematize sexual crime prevention.
The government will try to pass the 19 regulations at the National Assembly as soon as possible.
Cha Sang-mi, Arirang News.