Efforts to reflect on and resolve sexual violence in the medical field in Korea

Hyun Young Shin, Hyang Aie Lee, Bong Ok Kim

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Some coercive aspects of culture in the medical field that have traditionally been regarded as routine practice are now gradually changing in the aftermath of the MeToo movement that has come to Korea, due to improved awareness of sexual violence. It is important for the medical community to endeavor to eradicate sexual violence by implementing the measures against sexual violence proposed by medical organizations, including the Korean Medical Women's Association. The medical field should undergo a self-purification process, so that medical personnel can change themselves and their own behavior in the context of the medical profession, which is a noble occupation that deals with life-and-death matters. As such, essential elements of the training system of doctors should be maintained. Developing action plans to properly deal with sexual violence incidents in medical institutions can be considered the first step in this process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-351
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2018 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Korea
  • MeToo movement
  • Medicine
  • Sex offenses


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