Wǒ Men Podcast: Sexual Assault in Rural China

How underlying problems in some rural and undereducated areas in China can lead to cover ups and confusion around sexual abuse

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The Wǒ Men Podcast is a discussion of life in China hosted by Yajun Zhang, Jingjing Zhang and Karoline Kan. Previous episodes of the Wǒ Men Podcast can be found here, and you can subscribe to Wǒ Men on iTunes here.

This week, we have a special guest — who for the purposes of the recording we’re calling “C” — who bravely came forward to share her deeply sad personal experience of being a victim of sexual assault when she was just 4 years old.

Through discussing this horrendous experience, this episode looks at the underlying problems in some rural and undereducated areas in China, where gender inequality is a manifest of some purportedly “patriotic” values. It also examines how some criminals can take advantage of the concept of “面子 mianzi” (face) and a pervasive “family shaming” culture to cover up their actions.

Listen below on Mixcloud, or find Wǒ Men on iTunes here.

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