Last month, the Korean government revealed its plan to raise the maximum punishment for sexual violence in the workplace, following an unprecedented flood of reports by the victims themselves. The peculiarity lies not in the number of cases but in the reasons that their silence persisted until now - they were held captive by the authority that their publicly prominent perpetrators had against them at work. It was also revealed that the relevant officials contributed to a cover-up, which further perpetuated the problems. In addition, the untimely disclosure of allegations involving multiple celebrity couples suggest the scale of the scandal in question looms larger than it had seemed.
Amid the chaotic circumstances, the moral lesson lies in the background. Currently, the news reports raise awareness of the abuse of one’s power for satisfying deplorable desires. What is worthy of notice is that the dignity of those in power no longer hold as much ground as it did in the past. Unfortunately, it cost the courage of not one, but of countless individuals to finally win over the disinterested press and the public and start a fair fight against those in power.
It is inevitable that the headline-grabbing stories set the agenda in the world of journalism. HUFS too has tantalizing topics that have come to light. Nevertheless, the public shares some responsibility in evaluating the logic, making their own judgments and helping to build support for the argument against sexual assault and harassment. The public should not be constrained to having only one certain way of comprehending the world; they should develop their own insight because it is a vision that vouches for one’s voice.