A host of bills intended to prevent sexual violence and increase state support for victim have passed a parliamentary committee. 

The National Assembly’s Gender Equality and Family Committee held a meeting on Friday and passed the basic law on the prevention of violence against women. 

The law proposed by Rep. Jung Choun-sook of the ruling Democratic Party(DP) holds the state responsible for the prevention of violence against women, the protection of and support for victims and calls for systematic statistical data and pan-government policies. 

Three other bills proposed under the influence of the #MeToo movement also passed the committee in the day, including one designed to help prevent secondary victimization of the victims of sexual violence. 

Another bill stipulates the extension of the statute of limitations on sexual crimes against children or adolescents and strengthens punishment against the offenders while another requires stronger countermeasures against sexual offenses committed by public officials.

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