On March 22nd, hand-written posters, which exposed Kakao Talk (SNS) chat of male students majoring in Advertising and Public Relations, were posted on campus. In the three months from January to April, 2014, 11 students of the department, sexually harassed women, specifically their friends, foreigners, and the minority verbally in the group Kakao Talk chat room. After that, there was a posting about this case in “Dongguk Bamboo Forest,” a Facebook page. There were a lot of controversies about the case and many students wrote comments criticizing the perpetrators.
On the same day, Women’s Action Corp “Kungkwang,” from the Department of North Korea also posted a hand-written posters announcing its position. “Kungkwang” expressed support for the courage of the victims who chose to ask for a public opinion for the solution of the sexual harassment, and urged the resolution of the case. The next day, another Women’s Action Corp “Smash the Patriarchy” from the same department also put up posters. 11 students from the Corp said that racial discrimination, disability aversion and hatred for sexual minority should disappear in our daily lives.
On 22nd, the Student Council of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations announced that the council supports Temporary Planning Committee for the incident and will actively take action by communicating with the victims. In addition, the Student Council urged students to make efforts to prevent secondary damage, such as suspicion of the male students from the same department of perpetrators. In a bid to deal with what happened, the Council discussed the case with the dean of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations and the Human Rights Center.
The dean of the Department invited a lecturer and conducted an education on respecting for human rights to all students of the Department on 29th of March. The Student Council is currently receiving feedback from students about this education and lectures, and it will reflect these opinions in consultation with the Student Council Executive Committee and the dean of the department.
The Human Rights Center received reports of the victims by the 28th and is investigating the case. Yeom Boa from the Human Rights Center said, “After the incident, we took temporary measures to prevent students from guessing victims or offenders and secondary damage. We encouraged the victims to report the damage, so that their opinions could be reflected in resolving the case.”
Sung Im-eun, the chairperson of the General Coed Student Council (GCSC) commented about this, “The GCSC will focus on dealing with this incident. We are planning to conduct community educations and keep agonizing to figure out what the appropriate way is,” and added, “The most important thing is that members of students’ society discuss the solution, being aware of the fact that the sexual harassment is not the individual’s problem but ours and that of political one.”
Hwang Hae-su firstname.lastname@example.org
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