Sexual harassment post spreads #MeToo movement to China

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On January 1, Chinese academic Luo Xixi took to Chinese social media to recount her experience of a sexual assault that occurred 12 years ago. She wrote that the assault was committed by one of her male professors (BBC).

The post gained more than 3 million views in 24 hours and sparked a wider conversation online about sexual abuse against Chinese women. Luo’s account was published on social media platform Weibo, a Chinese site similar to Twitter.

The post’s translation in the Guardian reads:

“We need to stand up bravely and say ‘No!’” Luo urged others to speak out using the hashtag #我也是 (#MeToo).

Luo, who now lives in the U.S., told the BBC that the #MeToo movement had given her “a lot of courage.”

Participation in the #MeToo movement that arose in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been restricted in China. Campaigners there, however, are now “beginning to make their voices heard,” according to the Guardian.

Beihang University in Beijing where the abuse took place has since suspended the accused professor, who denies the accusations (BBC).

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