Man Harasses Female Passenger on Taipei Metro

The Taipei Metro System is one of the cleanest and most efficient underground networks in the world. However, every now and then episodes of sexual harassment happen, which apparently are serious enough to have prompted the metro administration to issue ani-sexual-harassment posters that can been seen in most underground stations. Today, Apple Daily reported on another such incident (on the video below). A friend of mine told me about one episode of sexual harassment that happened to her. Yet I never witnessed one myself, perhaps because I seldom take the metro during the rush hour.

Between 2002 and 2007 the Taipei police arrested 53 men involved in cases of sexual harassment. They were between 20 and 40 years old, and 14 of them had an undergraduate or master’s degree. Some had psychological problems. The men were arrested for either touching, filming or taking pictures of women. Some of the victims were college students.

One man who had been arrested for splashing his semen on women said this helped him release emotional pressure (note).


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  1. Dear Aris Teon, harassment is a bad thing, and we all condemn it.

    I'd like to point something out. I don't think that this kind of media pillory is right. You can't make up for injustice with another injustice. As long as a court has not declared him for guilty, you can not say what actually happens here in this video. And even if a court declares him for guilty, the media pillory is not right. This man might have children or parents, they are innocent, but you expose them to acts of revenge. People tend unfortunately to lynch law, and nothing has changed in the last two thousand years. At that time, a crowd of sinners wanted to stone a prostitute, and the same crowd wanted Barabbas, a rubber and murderer, to be free. Now, the crowd, who has access to media, think to exercise a right, while it actually is another injustice.

    I know your intentions are good, but please, take a few minutes and think about what I said.

    And: thank you for your blog, it is very informative and stimulating!


  2. “The police said 14 of the 53 arrested possessed undergraduate or master's degrees”, as far as the newspaper you cite as your source. 14 of 53 is not the majority, it is ca. 25 %. What is the percentage of degree holders on the male population of Taiwan? And: 53 cases in 5 years, it makes less than one case per month. It is a sufficient number in order to draw conclusions about a typical harasser? I am non an expert in statistics, and therefore I would be grateful to you, if you could just say a few words about it.


  3. Thanks for your comment. You make some good points. I think the media are often too quick in exposing people's bad behaviour. I think the man's family might be hurt when they see this video. Honestly, I tried to upload a video where the man's face was covered, but it was too short and it didn't show the most controversial parts.

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the mainland child who urinated on the street in Hong Kong. In that case, too, the media exposed the mainland couple; however, very few people objected to this. I wonder: why should this man who harasses a woman on the metro be treated more nicely than the mainland couple or than many other people who misbehave? Or do you think the media should not report on these subjects at all? Or do you think it's acceptable to report on them, but only if the faces of the people involved are not shown?


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