It’s a taboo in mainstream media to publicize the names of rape and sexual assault victims. The thinking is that the victims have gone through enough. Unless they choose to go public, their identity, even their faces, are usually never shown or revealed.
Asia One reports the taboo is being broken down by social media. During a visit to the United States by South Korean President Park Geun-hye (pictured here), a Korean American intern accused the president’s spokesman of fondling and groping her. Yoon Chang-jung was fired over the issue despite his denial.
Pictures of the accuser have been posted on the internet along with her Facebook address. Women rights groups urged online users to respect the user’s privacy.
“The victims struggle to erase all the bad memories related to incident. But the online exposure of the victims’ information makes the impact on them much worse,” said Lee Hyun-sook, head of ECPAT, an organization dedicated to fighting child sex crimes.
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