The disclosure of sexual harassment at work by one prosecutor served as momentum for the “Me too campaign” to expand in Korea. After that, regardless of fields of work, including the literary world and the political world, people who had suffered from sexual violence started to make their voices heard. Especially, the disclosure of sexual harassment committed by celebrities has shocked many people. The case of actor Cho Min-gi was the same. It turned out that he committed sexual assault to a large number of students during his time as a professor in the Department of Theater and Film at Cheongju University. Although he was scheduled to be examined by the prosecution, he
finally took his own life in the end.
Some people claim that public opinion drove him to commit suicide. Someone has pointed out that it is necessary to “Condemn the offense, but not the offender.” Also, one actor posted videos to his SNS account of people burned at the stake in a movie to imply that the Cho Min-gi killed himself due to the witch hunt. We have to know that this could cause secondary damage to the victims who had already suffered from his actions. The victims might have their feelings hurt due to senseless remarks, such as, “The disclosure killed Cho Min-gi.” Also, this secondary damage could have a fatal impact on the future movement of the “Me too campaign.” Now we can no longer hear the reasons why he chose to kill himself. What he left is indelible scars to not only the victims, but also his family. We have to say that his death without apologizing to the victims was too self-centered. It should come first to console people who were hurt by the guilty. “You’ve done something very courageous.”
Cho Min-gi’s suicide without apologizing and self-restraint has left a place where we cannot hear any answers from him. From now on, we should take extra care of the victims who felt deeply wounded by him. Additionally, we have to listen carefully to victims who will tell their stories during the “Me too movement.” Also, we should help them to get sincere apologies from the assailant. CAH sends a lot of support to the “Me too campaign” and to the victims for their high levels of courage.
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