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Over 2,000 state, public institutions to be inspected for sexual violence

All Headlines 09:54 March 09, 2018

SEOUL, March 9 (Yonhap) -- Over 2,000 institutions funded by taxpayer money will undergo inspections for competency in handling workplace sexual violence, according to officials Friday.

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said it will begin reviewing 2,022 institutions, including those of the central and local governments, as well as public companies, over their managing of workplace sexual violence, such as preventive training, and fair and proper handling of cases, starting Monday.

The ministry will also conduct an anonymous online sexual harassment survey on 553,000 employees at the taxpayer-funded agencies.

"We will devise plans to improve protecting victims and sexual harassment preventions by studying the public sector," said Lee Sook-jin, vice minister of gender equality and family.

Last week, the gender equality ministry announced measures to toughen the punishment of sexual violence in the public sector, including plans to revise the national public service law to have public servants dismissed when they are assessed a fine worth 3 million won (US$2,800) or a heavier sentence for sexual crimes.

In this file photo, participants in the 34th Korean Women's Conference march in the streets in downtown Seoul on March 4, 2018, while holding up "Me Too" and "With You" signs. The event was held to mark the U.N.-designated International Women's Day. (Yonhap)

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