#MeToo catches on in China amid censorship

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

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

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'. Subscribe