Yang Hyang-ja, a member of the Democratic Party of Korea, apologized for the incident of sexual violence in his district office and said he would take responsibility for the rest of his life. Yesterday (23rd), we reported that Rep. Yang also received a warning from the party due to the possibility of a second assault. An apology was issued within a day.
This is reporter Hwang Ye-rin.
This is a statement from Democratic Party member Yang Hyang-ja.
It is about asking for forgiveness for all words and deeds up to now, saying that we will not tolerate any actions that could be secondary harm, including myself.
In the middle of this month, allegations of sexual violence between lawmakers and assistants at the local offices of lawmakers arose.
It was reported that a man who was an employee and a relative of both lawmakers sexually assaulted another employee.
However, lawmaker Yang emphasized that “there was no sexual assault,” even though he took measures according to the manual.
Also, within the Democratic Party, suspicions were raised that lawmaker Yang was not trying to cover up by saying that he was constantly in contact with the victim.
This is the reason why the Democratic Party of Gwangju City Party sent a de facto warning letter to lawmaker Yang to refrain from remarks that could be a secondary offense and to refrain from contacting the victim.
One day after JTBC reported this, Rep. Yang apologized for his words and actions.
In a statement, lawmaker Yang said, “I will apologize and take responsibility for the rest of my life.”
He also said that today, he directly filed a complaint against an employee, who is a relative and younger brother, for sexual harassment through work force.
It seems that the Democratic Party will take disciplinary measures such as expulsion of the perpetrator as early as tomorrow.
However, some members of the party are of the opinion that party-level measures are necessary for both lawmakers.
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