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China #MeToo case heads to court after 2-year delay

Added 12-01-20 05:03:01am EST - “Zhou Xiaoxuan's says her prestigious internship with Chinese state TV soured after a popular host forcibly kissed her.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “China #MeToo case heads to court after 2-year delay”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Zhou Xiaoxuan’s says her prestigious internship with Chinese state TV soured after a popular host forcibly kissed her.

Outraged, Zhou took the previously taboo step of filing a lawsuit in 2018, joining the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. But the ruling Communist Party dislikes such grassroots activism and offers few ways to pursue complaints. Zhou waited two years for a hearing, while the host fought back by filing a defamation lawsuit.

On Wednesday, Zhou’s case goes to trial in Beijing, highlighting the growing willingness of Chinese women to speak up about sexual harassment despite official resistance and censorship that eroded #MeToo’s impact.

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“There are very few sexual harassment cases who have a court hearing,” Zhou said. “We hope each individual case can be a type of push forward.”

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