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Women's groups, students welcome parole decision

SERIAL RAPIST Women on the campus of National Taiwan University breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the `Hwakang Wolf' was again denied parole

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Women's groups and students welcomed news yesterday that the "Hwakang Wolf" was again denied parole.

The "Wolf," a man surnamed Yang, had planned to study at National Taiwan University (NTU), upsetting women's groups, academics and students.

Awakening Foundation CEO Wu Wei-ting (伍維停) said the issue shows the government has not tried to solve the problem of sexual violence.

"It's already been three years since he [Yang] asked for parole for the first time. How come there is still no program to deal with him in the community after he is released?" Wu asked.

"Three years ago we also asked for an open evaluation, but it is still not available and we do not really know whether he is really rehabilitated and suitable to return to society," Wu said.

She said she hopes the response program doesn't require female staff and students to leave the sociology department early because of Yang's presence, should he be released.

Lin Wei-hung (林維紅) of NTU's Department of History and the convener of the university's Women's Research Program, said the risk of admitting Yang was too high.

"The university is not prepared to deal with him, or able to be responsible for any consequence," Lin said.

"Some human rights groups are talking about Yang's rights, but what about the rights of the victims?" she said. "Of course we oppose the deprivation of criminal's human rights, but definitely not at the cost of women's safety."

Lin said instructors in the sociology department have told her they would have resigned en masse had Yang been allowed to study there.

Lin Hsin-yi (林馨怡), a doctoral student at NTU who got her undergraduate degree in sociology from the university, said Yang's presence would cause panic among students.

Sociology and social work used to be the same department.

Lin said study in the department requires group work and wonders whether anyone would dare to be grouped with Yang.

"If he is in an office next to mine, then I would not dare to stay late in my office. It is common that postgraduate students stay late in their offices. I would treat him like everyone, but surely I would take more precaution even if he does not offend again. He really should not be allowed into NTU. Most NTU students are naive and do not understand the horror of the possible crimes."

An NTU undergraduate student, Lin Chih-li (林之立), said he thought it "weird" for a criminal like Yang to be admitted to NTU. He also opposed Yang's entry due to safety concerns.

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