In response to the passage of the Sexual Harassment Prevention Law (
"The MOI is the government body in charge of the Sexual Harassment Prevention Law. Due to the new administrative front this new law presents, the MOI is inviting related government units to discuss the establishment of by-laws," said Lin Tsyr-ling (
According to Lin, the new law stipulates that local governments set up sexual assault prevention committees.
For the past five years, an alliance of civic groups, consisting of various women's and children's rights groups, have been aggressively pushing their own version of the legislation and finally reached a compromise with the ministry with regard to the contents of the law.
"Beginning the day the MOI promulgates this law, the alliance [of civic groups] will give it one year to make necessary preparations," said Judge Kao Fehng-shian (
Some 70 percent of the civic version was retained in the final draft of the legislation that passed into law.
Authorities are expected to launch programs to raise awareness about sexual harassment and establish complaint channels for people who find themselves the victims of such harassment.