Former minister advocates further protection for women

Former minister advocates further protection for women

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Council of Labor Affairs Minister Wang Ju-hsuan (王如玄) said today that a new protection order should be introduced into the current Sexual Assault Crime Prevention Act (性侵害犯罪防治法) to prohibit sex offenders from further harassing their victims.

As cases of sexual harassment and assault targeting women have been observed to be on the rise, the Modern Women's Foundation (MWF, 現代婦女基金會) recently conducted various analyses to discover that of the 530 cases of sexual assault, 70 per cent of the perpetrators continued to contact and provoke their victims or the victims' family members.

Along with media exposure, the Internet and court appearances and interviews, the MWF said that victims tend to relive their trauma, subjecting them to harm all over again.

Due to the vast amount of said cases, Wang said today that the Sexual Assault Crime Prevention Act needs an additional protection clause to insure that perpetrators be restrained from contacting their victims for harassment and sexist remarks, as well as from spreading intimate details of the victim publicly.

MWF Deputy Chief Executive Lin Mei-hsun (林美薰) also implored local media to conduct a certain level of respect for themselves and the victims as spreading sexual assault case details has been known to not only cause the victims to relive their traumas, but have also been know to lead to victims' suicide in some cases.

Known sexual assault victim lawyer Lai Fang-yu (賴芳玉) also added that sexist terms and gender discriminatory remarks must be removed from Taiwanese courts.

Lai said that it is the responsibility of presiding judges to refrain the legal counsel of defendants from attacking the plaintiff with gender discriminatory questions that indicates that it is the fault of a female victim for the way she chooses to dress.

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