Taiwan sets up website, hotline for sexual assault, harassment victims

Taipei, Taiwan is joining the "Me Too" movement that has become a global campaign to raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, by setting up a website and hotline to give victims of such crimes a platform to stand up and be heard.

The Taiwan Women's Link, the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women's Rights, the Taiwan Occupational Safety and Health Link, and End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism-Taiwan announced the launch of the support channels at a press conference held Thursday.

According to the Taiwan Women's Link, victims of sexual assault and harassment often stay silent for a number of reasons, including fear of backlash, shame, lack of privacy and repeat attacks.

Due to this culture of silence, however, perpetrators are allowed to continue their attacks on their original or new victims without anyone stepping in to stop them.

The website and hotline (02-33221350) are intended to provide a system of support for the victims of such crimes, helping to break the silence that has long surrounded the issue in Taiwan.

The support channels put victims in touch with activist groups, lawyers and counselors so that they can get the help they need to both heal from the trauma and prosecute their attackers.

In 2017 alone, there were 14,217 reported cases of sexual assault throughout the country, and 4,207 alleged cases of harassment on school campuses, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The Taiwan Women's Link believes that these numbers represent only the tip of the iceberg, and expressed hope that more victims will take advantage of the support platform.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel