The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is to institutionalize a composite system to eradicate and prevent sexual abuse in the artist and cultural circle, and to assist and provide relief measures for victims in close cooperation with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. To prevent sexual harassment and violence, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will present four key tasks as follows:
① The organization of special investigative teams and the operation of a counseling center
The ministry will operate special investigative teams to probe sexual violence disclosed by the Me Too movement. It will also offer special counseling and medical treatment services to victims jointly with the Sunflower Center, a public shelter for victims of sexual abuse, which provides a one-stop service for legal counseling, medical treatment and psychological therapy.
② Measures to prevent sexual abuse through field surveys and preventive education
The ministry will conduct surveys on sexual harassment and violence across the arts and culture, film, publication, pop culture and sports industries to reach a consensus on measures to prevent sexual abuse. To raise efficiency of the measures, it will also expand preventive education, and develop and distribute manuals to fight off sexual abuse. (Bidders for public works projects will be required to operate sexual harassment prevention courses).
③ The prevention of sexual abuse by disqualifying offenders from receiving state subsidies
Sexual offenders will be disqualified from getting state subsidies or being appointed to public office under stricter guidelines on sexual offenses.
④ The establishment of a legal and institutional framework
The civic commission will explore and present tasks and agendas to prevent sexual harassment and violence in the arts and cultural sectors. A legal framework will also be established to safeguard artists’ rights of sexual self-determination and to provide legal remedies for sexual offenses.