I’m sure that you’ve heard about MeToo movement recent days.
Seoul YWCA had an Open forum for ‘MeToo Movement and Media report’ to eradicate the violence of gender on 20th, March at Seoul YWCA auditorium.
This forum was to indicate the problem how media report the issue related with MeToo and to discuss what should we do to improve this matter.
Seoul YWCA has worked to advance women’s right since 1922, and is still working on support women who stepped out to explain what they experienced.
Women had endured for a long time before MeToo movement came out, and this is a new wave that they are no longer hiding their experience related with sexual violence. With this new wave, Media reports these issues every day, but they are missing something really important only by focusing sexually provocative subject. Because of this distorted media report, it causes secondary victimization of sexual violence victims.
The subject of open forum was ‘How Media treat MeToo movement.’ and there were 3 panels.
Yeo Jin Yoon (Board member of Media Right Center), Jung Hoon Park (Reporter of Oh my News), Sun Young Park (Researcher of Women’s development institute)
Through the forum, they all pointed out that the media doesn’t care about the victims. The Media has to help victims preventing the recurrence of sexual violence, but they are going backwards to use misleading words, or just write down what other reporters did.
Yeo Jin Yoon especially indicated that the Media has to check their patricentric view first, and Jung Hoon Park also pointed out the problem of Press. Every reporter obsessed to increase viewers by writing sexually provocative words, so that the Media needs to make an effort to check by self when they write the article.
MeToo movement is to solve our society’s basic problem; it is not individual’s problem, it’s our problem, if you look away from this issue, you have to care about this matter from now on.
Seoul YWCA hopes to eradicate sexual violence through right article by the media.