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First sexual harassment reported in Office of the President, Taiwan

The offender will have to take gender equity courses for eight hours

Presidential Office Spokesperson Lin He-ming (林鶴明)

Presidential Office Spokesperson Lin He-ming (林鶴明) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first reported sexual harassment case in Taiwan's presidential office has officially surfaced after a series of investigations were launched in July, Up Media reported.

Chen Yue-fang (陳月芳), the first female military officer of the presidential office, accused the security guard Yang Wen-chi (楊文志) of committing sexual harassment by texting her coarse photographs and blocking her way when she was going to the restroom and the parking lot in the presidential office.

The presidential office received the report on May 26 and immediately formed a gender equity committee to investigate the incident. The team verified the finding on July 24 and suggested that Yang take an eight-hour course of gender equity to strengthen his gender value.

The presidential office regrets that the incident has happened, Presidential Office Spokesperson Lin He-ming (林鶴明) said, adding that the office will decide on the punishment for Yang within a month based on the relevant personnel regulations.

Lin said that the office will also beef up prevention of sexual harassment and personnel training courses focusing on gender equality education, in order to create a friendly working environment for every employee.

Updated : 2021-05-08 18:02 GMT+08:00