S. Korea to open comprehensive relief center dedicated to sexual crime victims
SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will open a comprehensive state body to assist victims of sexual crime in a bid to help them with the process of notifying police, according to the gender ministry on Friday.
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family reported the plan to a meeting of government ministers in charge of social affairs, held earlier in the day.
Amid a series of "Me Too" revelations last year, the government set up relief centers for each occupational sector so that sexual crime victims could more quickly report their grievances to police.
Since then, the government has built on the measures to come up with a more effective government body to deal with sexual crime cases.
Under the upgraded plan, the new center, tentatively named "assistance center for eradication of sexual harassment and violence," will serve sexual crime victims from all walks of life, providing a range of services, from counseling through police notification to other protection measures through and after legal action is taken, according to the gender ministry.
In the event of a request from an affected organization, the center will also dispatch a team of experts to assist the organization in processing a sexual violence case to protect victims from secondary damage that could often take place in a sexual crime case.
In a related measure, the gender ministry will also revamp regulations regarding sexual violence, requiring state institutions to report to the ministry any sexual abuses cases and running a special team to deal with sexual violence inside all levels of schools.
The measure includes the enactment of a law on the protection of the rights and status of artists, aimed at more effectively coping with sexual violence cases among artists.
"The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family will step up the system to protect sexual abuse victims so that they can notify (the police) without fears of secondary damage," Gender Minister Lee Jung-ok said.
Actor Yoo Ah-in appears for questioning over alleged drug use
(LEAD) Four young Nigerian siblings killed in house fire in Ansan
Grandson of ex-President Chun apprehended at Incheon Int'l Airport over drug use
(2nd LD) N. Korea fires 2 SRBMs toward East Sea; U.S. aircraft carrier due in S. Korea for joint training
(LEAD) N. Korean leader urges more production of weapons-grade nuclear materials; photos of tactical nuclear warheads released
Yoon puts S. Korea-Japan relations back on track
Japan's removal of export curbs on S. Korea to boost supply chain stability, ease biz uncertainties
Yoon's summit with Biden to highlight S. Korea's 'pivotal' role in region: U.S. experts
(News Focus) Solution to forced labor issue shows Yoon's commitment to improving ties with Japan
Seoul's controversial plan for forced labor compensation reflects urgency of security partnership with Tokyo: experts