Sexual Assault Awareness in China

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Health , Safety and Violence

The awareness of sexual assault – 性侵意识的唤醒

by Yunmei Li, Girl Up In-Country Consultant, China

On 5th April 2018, an article went viral online. The author, Li Youyou, friend of Gao Yan, report on Douban that Nanking University professor Shen Yang had sexually assaulted Gao Yan and slander she was in mental disorder 20 years ago, resulted in her suicide.

At that night, Li Youyou was interviewed by media, claiming Gao Yan was sexually assaulted by Shen Yang in the name of love when she studied in Peking University. Gao Yan committed suicide on 11th March 1998 after she tried cutting wrist, sleeping pill and gas poisoning. The reason why she chose to make it public is because she is inspired by the similar case of Luo Qianqian, who reported on Weibo about sexual assault and the university decided to dismiss his master supervisor.

Within a day, Nanking University responded to public that Shen Yang is not qualified as a professor, suggesting his resignation. Shanghai Normal University, who hired Shen Yang as guest professor, also dismissed his position, responded that they have zero tolerance to teachers who has ethics problems.

Currently, over 70 universities students are alumni are initiating a campaign, advocating universities to make policy to prevent sexual assault between teachers and students. Over 10 thousand people gave jointly signature. The Ministry of Education and some university has responded publicly with positive attitude.

Before Luo Qianqian, sexual assault, sexual harassment, especially between teachers and students in university was not taken seriously. With more and more online report, media press, advocacy, the awareness is being raised, girls are learning self-protect, teachers are being warned not to get abnormal close relationships with students. It is a good sign in China.

2018年4月5日,豆瓣上一篇题为《现南京大学文学语言学系主任、长江学者沈阳教授,女生高岩的死真的与你无关吗?》的文章刷爆网络。文章作者李悠悠实名举报前北大中文系教授、现任南京大学文学院教授沈阳在20年前曾经性侵北大中文系95级本科生高岩,并污蔑高岩患有精神病,致使其自杀身亡。

4月5日晚间,李悠悠对媒体表示,高岩当年曾经断断续续、多次提到沈阳对其实行了侵犯,认为“沈阳是以恋爱为名,对高岩进行了侵犯,是高岩自杀的始作俑者。“在尝试过割腕、安眠药和煤气之后,高岩于1998年3月11号自杀。而至于为什么时隔20年后才选择站出来发声?李悠悠表示罗茜茜举报北航教授陈小武事情激励了她。

一日之内,南大文学院回应“教授沈阳事件”:其不符教书育人工作的要求,建议辞去文学院教职。上师大解除和沈阳的合约并公开回应,决不让有师德问题的教师上讲台。

目前, 70所大学的学生或校友发起了给母校写信呼吁反性骚扰防治机制的活动,最终有共8000多人联名支持。教育部和一些大学做了公开回复,表示将研究制定相应的机制。

在罗茜茜之前,性侵和性骚扰,尤其是发生在大学师生之间的问题未被认真对待。随着网络上越来越多的举报,媒体越来越多的关注,以及越来越多的政策倡导,女孩的自我保护意识正在加强,老师们也不被允许和学生进行非正常的交往。这对于当下中国,无疑是一个好现象。