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Around 1,000 join #MeToo rally in Taipei

2018/04/21 14:30:33

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) Around 1,000 people participated in a rally in Taipei on Saturday to support the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment, and call for an end to a culture that prevents victims from speaking out.

Participants wore masks during the rally to symbolize society placing blame and shame on victims of sexual violence. Toward the end of the rally, participants took off their masks and threw them into the air to symbolize breaking free from the shackles of shame.

Chi Hui-jung (紀惠容), chief executive officer of the Garden of Hope Foundation, said her group organized the rally because the #MeToo campaign in Taiwan has been relatively quiet compared to elsewhere.

Victims of sexual assault have come forward and made accusations, but only sporadically, and no perpetrator has been exposed, Chi said.

She urged Taiwan's society to break down myths surrounding sexual assault, which she said prevent victims from speaking out.

Legislators Yu Mei-nu (尤美女) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and Wang Yu-min (王育敏) of the opposition Kuomintang were among those who attended the event at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

The #MeToo movement began in 2017 as a hashtag used on social media to encourage people to speak about their experiences of being sexually assaulted and harassed, following sexual abuse allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

(By Christie Chen and Yu Hsiao-han)