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S. Korean gov't announces new set of stronger measures to tackle sex-related crimes Updated: 2018-03-08 18:10:07 KST


In a press briefing Thursday morning, the minister of gender equality and family, Chung Hyun-back, announced that twelve related ministries are currently working on strengthening legal frameworks to eradicate sexual harrassment and assault in the workplace.
They're also cracking down on sex offenses in the arts and culture industry, where there have been numerous shocking accusations against prominent artists.
Most importantly, the government will strengthen punishments for sex-related crimes.
The maximum prison sentence for using workplace influence to coerce someone into non-consensual sex will be increased to ten years from the current five years.
The statute of limitations on such cases will be lengthened from the current seven to ten years.
The government is also considering a revision to the nation's criminal laws, so that people who try to cover up or ignore such incidents at work could also face criminal charges.
Victims will be given stronger protection from the government, to reduce the fear of being sued by the accused for slander, by revising libel and slander regulations.
The government will also conduct a special investigation into the recent string of sexual assault allegations, particularly those coming from the country's arts and culture sector.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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