Lawmaker Kao Chia-yu's domestic violence case has prompted women's groups to step up their efforts. While revisions to the Criminal Code have been drafted to criminalize revenge and deepfake porn, they demand the government do something to get images and videos out of circulation to protect victims.
Women's Groups: “Victims aren't to blame.”
Women's groups are blasting netizens for victim-blaming lawmaker Kao Chia-yu, who was assaulted and threatened by her boyfriend.
Lin Shiou-yi, Director of Research and Development, Awakening Foundation: “People being threatened with the release of intimate photos or videos are often too afraid to ask anyone for help because they will be blamed and censured by everyone, especially if they didn't end the relationship or ask for help immediately.”
The recent deepfake and Taiwan version of the "Nth Room" cases had many victims. Although the Ministry of Justice has submitted relevant revisions to the Criminal Code to the Executive Yuan, women's groups say the revisions don't provide enough protection for victims.
Liu Chia-yi, Board Director, Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation:＂Digital violence is a growing problem. Once something is out there, it's out there. The government needs to pass a special law to protect victims. ＂
Fan Yun, Legislator (DPP): “Amending the Criminal Code may serve as a deterrent, but once a photo or video is out there, how do you get it removed in a timely manner? This is what victims care about. A national law is needed for this.”
Women's groups are calling on the Tsai administration to draft a new law or supplementary measures as soon as possible to criminalize revenge porn and protect victims so that victims can stop living in fear.