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(CGTN) On April 5, 2018, the Tomb-Sweeping Day in China, on which people pay tribute to beloved ones who are no longer with them, Shen Yang, 63, once a literature professor at Peking University, the current dean of literature department at Nanjing University, was accused of having sexually assaulted his undergraduate student, Gao Yan, who killed herself in 1998.

File photo of Gao Yan [File photo: Beijing News]

Gao, majoring in Chinese literature, went to the university in 1995. Shen, an associated professor graduating from the PhD program of the same major three years ago at that time, taught Gao modern Chinese language when she was fresh.

The accusation was written by Li Youyou on her personal blog. Li, living in Canada now, the classmate of Gao from high school and then going to the same university together, witnessed the changing of Gao after going through much an ordeal.

“After the harassment, he then spread rumors that Gao had a mental disease. Gao committed suicide as a result since feeling humiliated,” Li wrote on her personal blog.

“He (Shen) is the culprit behind the death of Gao,” she wrote.

The post soon sparked national media coverage and attention on #MeToo movement in China.

“Even though it has passed over 20 years and my life has changed a lot, I never forgot what she had been through.

The #MeToo movement and the scandal of Professor Chen Xiaowu gave me the courage to get the justice for her,” she told Beijing News.  
“Gao’s parents and I have tried to accused him for many times but we didn’t get any result.”

After the sophomore year, Shen invited Gao to go for dinner many times. “On a weekend, she told me that Shen lured her to his apartment to talk about an assignment of linguistics class. Suddenly, he jumped at her,” Li wrote that in her blog.

Shen responded that the party committee of the literature department at Peking University and the police of Haidian district, Beijing, had investigated the issue.

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The picture of Shen Yang [File photo: Beijing News]

“I didn’t do anything illegal,” he said, “In this case, the accusation of Li is such a malicious slander and I will reserve the right to sue.”
Peking University said in its statement on April 6 that the university had given Shen administrative penalty in June 1998 after the investigation conducted by the local police.
The Nanjing University then posted a statement saying that relevant authorities have launched investigation on the same day. “If we find Shen violate any professional ethics and the school’s code of conduct, we will handle it seriously.”
The death of Gao broken her parents’ heart. Every year, the senile parents sweep the tomb of their beloved daughter.

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Gao's parents sweep the tomb every year after their beloved daughter died. [Photo: Beijing News]

“She is too introversive and never told us what she had been through. Until the forensic report told us she was not a virgin, we then found out what really happened,” said Gao’s mother, too sorrowful to speak out. “Shen even made rumors among students that Gao was mentally disordered, wanted to have relationship with him and slept with him.”  
“We hope Shen could apologize for what he did to my daughter,” the mother cried.
On April 7, the Nanjing University said in its latest statement that Shen told Nanjing University in 2011 that he could transfer from Peking University to Nanjing University, which can help him apply the Changjiang scholar program awarded by the Ministry of Education.
However, during the whole transferring process, the Peking University has never mentioned he was punished due to the misconduct.
‘We hope Shen could resign,’ Nanjing University said in the statement.

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I think the death of Yan is a tragedy but the accusation rests on gossip and guess work. The matter gets another twist by the fact that this account has been written by a third party in a language that clearly is not her first. It is subjective and it may constitute an act of defamation.

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Why do women stay silent after sexual assault?

One of the biggest reasons is victim blaming. A very common tactic defense lawyers use against
the victims of rape is to accuse the victim of luring or enticing the attacker.
This is ridiculous but many juries buy into it. In other words, the defense lawyer is saying
my client has no self control or morals so it's not his fault, let's set him free to roam
society once again.
Until this ridiculous defense stops working it will continue to be used by defense lawyers.
Also, rape is rarely about lust or passion but is about control and domination.

Victim Blaming

One reason people blame a victim is to distance themselves from an unpleasant occurrence and thereby confirm their own invulnerability to the risk. By labeling or accusing the victim, others can see the victim as different from themselves. People reassure themselves by thinking, "Because I am not like her, because I do not do that, this would never happen to me." We need to help people understand that this is not a helpful reaction.
Why Is It Dangerous?

Victim-blaming attitudes marginalize the victim/survivor and make it harder to come forward and report the abuse. If the survivor knows that you or society blames her for the abuse, she will not feel safe or comfortable coming forward and talking to you.

Victim-blaming attitudes also reinforce what the abuser has been saying all along; that it is the victim’s fault this is happening. It is NOT the victim’s fault or responsibility to fix the situation; it is the abuser’s choice. By engaging in victim-blaming attitudes, society allows the abuser to perpetrate relationship abuse or sexual assault while avoiding accountability for his actions.
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The title of your thread suggests that only women are victims of seks predation, and secondly, that only women keep quiet about their experiences. How can this be true when you post a subjective account of an incident reported by a third party? Clearly, women's traumas are being publicized, which means that women trigger such discussions. We owe this trend to the feminists. No doubt, rapes happen and no doubt, many women feel unsure as to how to take care of themselves after such an incident.

But because this topic has been raided and occupied by the feminists, it looks as if all women are at the mercy of men. We need to become more sensitive to the real problems at the bottom. Maybe it is not just women who get victimized; men are victims in almost the same proportion. So the title should change: Males today always stay silent after seksual assaults, women recount their experiences.

It may surprise many that males may be targeted by seks pests, but this fact is coming to light slowly. It is ten times more difficult for men to complain about seksual victimisation than it is for females. Hardly anyone will give a male any credibility if he were to accuse someone of this crime. just imagine how society reacts to men who complain about violent women... They get laughed out of the saloon.

The underlying malaise seems to be how we all face up to the challenge of living in a permissive society. Too many adults feel entitled to seksual gratification, fewer however want to accept commitment and responsibility that go with relationships.

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robert237 Post time: 2018-4-8 12:33
Why do women stay silent after sexual assault?

One of the biggest reasons is victim blaming. A very ...

Blah blah Robert. Often the so-called victim is a liar making false accusations. Did you get raped in college too Robert? Go back to California. Or maybe you could move to Melbourne. You need an enthusiastic yes from a chick before you can $%$% her in Melbourne you know.

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