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[TW] South Korea Governor Ahn Hee-Jung Accused of Raping Secretary

Ahn Hee-jung, a heavyweight politician and governor of South Chungcheong Province, has been accused by his former secretary of sexual assault and rape.

Kim Ji-eun appeared on a JTBC news program on Monday evening, where she made her allegations public. She said she plans to file a legal complaint against Ahn on Tuesday.

Kim alleged that Ahn raped her four times in the course of some eight months, from June 2017 to February this year, and sexually harassed her on many occasions.

The alleged victim said she was raped by Ahn in Switzerland and Russia, among other places, while they were on business trips together.

Kim said she decided to come forward as the governor continued abusing her in February, even after the #MeToo movement began in earnest in Korea at the end of January.

I did not have the courage to come forward, but I was inspired by those participating in the #MeToo movement,” she said.

The alleged victim said that because of the power imbalance, it was extremely hard to reject Ahn’s requests and orders while working for him. Kim said she is terrified of what will happen after the TV interview.

"The person I am most scared of is Gov. Ahn Hee-jung,” she said with her eyes tearing up during the interview.

I thought I could just disappear any day after today. I felt like going on TV was one of the very few ways to protect myself. I hope my fellow citizens can protect me.”

Kim also said there are other victims of sexual violence in Gov. Ahn’s office.

Ahn, who worked as a political aide to the late President Roh Moo-hyun during Roh’s presidential campaign in 2002, was considered the main “darkhorse” contender for the Democratic Party‘s presidential nomination against the then-frontrunner and South Korea’s current President Moon Jae-in.

The governor is currently considered as a leading candidate for the next presidential election.

Ahn, who is married, said he did have intercourse with Kim, but claimed it was consensual.

On the same day Kim made her public accusation against Ahn, the governor spoke about the #MeToo movement at a public engagement, publicly endorsing the campaign.

I see the ongoing #MeToo movement as progress to resist against a culture that is very much male-dominated,” he said at the event, where he met with his employees at the South Chungcheong Provincial Government building.

I hope the movement can be an opportunity for us to make a fairer and more peaceful society.”

According to Wiki, he resigned his position, but I can't find a single article confirming it

Source: Korea Herald
Tags: political news, sexual harassment / sexual assault, trigger warning
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