#MeToo catches on in China amid censorship

Public figures that have been accused of sexual assault include prominent figures like China's highest-ranked Buddhist monk, Master Xuecheng.
Public figures that have been accused of sexual assault include prominent figures like China's highest-ranked Buddhist monk, Master Xuecheng. PHOTO: REUTERS

At least 30 accounts posted on social media accusing public figures of sexual misconduct

Well-known charity founder Lei Chuang was on a hike to raise funds for his organisation in 2015 when he sexually assaulted one of the participants in a hotel room.

The actions of Mr Lei, who started Yi You, a prominent non-governmental charity which helps hepatitis B carriers, were made public in a letter written by his victim, then only 20 years old.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2018, with the headline '#MeToo catches on in China amid censorship'. Print Edition | Subscribe