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Is Sexual Harassment a Crime in China?

Tue, 30 Nov 2021
Editor: C. J. Observer

Sexual harassment is a crime and a tort in China.

Normally, sexual harassment is a tort in China.

According to China’s Civil Code, a person who has been sexually harassed against his will by another person through oral words, written language, images, physical acts, or the like, has the right to request the actor to bear civil liability in accordance with law.

If sexual harassment involves violence, it is a crime.

According to China’s Criminal Law, whoever indecently assaults others or insults a woman by violence, coercion or any other forcible means shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than five years or criminal detention.

Whoever gathers a number of people to commit the crime mentioned in the preceding Paragraph in public or having other serious circumstances shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of more than five years.

Whoever indecently assaults a child shall be given a heavier punishment within the range of penalties in the preceding two Paragraphs.



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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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