The Communist Chinese government is making it increasingly difficult for women to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment against men in power, according to a Wednesday report.
Despite Chinese women’s efforts at launching their own #MeToo movement to speak out against sexual harassment and the inappropriate misconduct they face, they keep coming up against a government intent on cracking down on their speech, The New York Times reported.
The government has already begun cracking down on social media, the medium that helped #MeToo spread across the globe, banning women from using the phrase “anti-sexual harassment” or taking down accounts calling for support of the movement.
One woman found her social media pictures of the man who allegedly groped her on the street removed by censors.
“It’s not my fault that I was sexually assaulted,” marketing specialist Xu Yalu said. “Why should I be afraid or ashamed of talking about it?”
The #MeToo movement, originally started by a black woman years ago, came back into the public eye after a slew of women accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment. Women began sharing the hashtag as they told their stories over social media; the movement has gained even more prominence, as it’s now being used in Congress.
Chinese women seem to face even more difficulties in having their voices heard. A petition for a local university was subsequently scrapped, despite it only calling for training on improper behavior and a larger committee to investigate possible instances of sexual harassment.
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