Investigative Journalists Propel #MeToo Reporting at China’s Universities

Investigative Journalists Propel #MeToo Reporting at China’s Universities

August 23, 2018

This is the first in a series on the wave of investigative reporting behind the #MeToo movement in China, written by GIJN’s Hong Kong bureau.

Investigative reporting on sexual abuse cases in Chinese media has seen a major uptick as growing numbers of victims open up and speak out about their ordeals, prompted by the #MeToo movement in the West.

Three cases at China’s top universities have been on the front lines of #MeToo reporting in China — and they appear to be just a hint at the enormity of the problem. Reports and discussions, including victims’ disclosures on social media and coverage by traditional media sites, have all been targets of swift government censorship. Meanwhile, journalists and an emerging community of supporters are trying to keep the stories alive by re-posting them on multiple platforms, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with internet regulators.

In China, public reports of sexual abuse first emerged in 2014, but until a year ago these allegations were limited to personal blogs shared on Chinese social media, such as WeChat and Weibo. These accounts were rarely, if ever, followed up by the mainstream news media. Yet sex abuse cases are believed to be rampant at universities and workplaces. In a 2017 survey of 6,592 college students from across China, seven out of 10 respondents — that’s 70% — said they had been sexually abused. Among this group, only 4 percent said they reported the abuse to police or school authorities.

Credit by- GIJN

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