It has been reported that South Koreans can now report sexual misconduct by bosses and colleagues using the “Blind” chat app which now has over a million users in the country.
The app is said to have given fresh momentum to the #MeToo movement in South Korea where sexual harassment in the heavily male-dominated corporate culture is still largely present. Kim Sungkyum, co-founder at TeamBlind says that they were inspired by the action of a prosecutor who went public with a groping allegation. TeamBlind reports that more than 500 posts had been uploaded in less than 24 hours after the launch of Blind’s #MeToo message board.
According to a survey by EY, 61% of South Korean employees at private companies said they would rather not use in-house whistleblower hotlines for fears that their organization may not keep such reports confidential.