Juwon Park, the Mediacorp TV producer with Channel NewAsia who went public with her claims of sexism at the workplace, has said in what looks to be a “goodbye Singapore” Facebook post that she was “repeatedly discouraged” from going to HR with her claims of sexual harassment.
Park also revealed that since she brought the issue of sexism in Mediacorp to the public eye, 5 other colleagues have raised similar complaints.
Despite the potential repercussions to her career, Park said she spoke up because she “cannot justify” her job if she can’t even speak up for herself.
This is Park’s Facebook post, reproduced in full:
“It has been the most difficult week in my life.
After my Facebook posts have gone viral, my face was plastered all over various local news outlets and sketchy online forums. The online comments referring to my body parts and face were very graphic and disgusting. I hid in my room and did not want to come outside.
When I gathered enough courage and went into the office yesterday, there were whispers. My close colleagues confided in me that some colleagues were blaming me for not being able to “take jokes.” Some of my closest colleagues suddenly started avoiding me. I would like to think they probably did not know how to console me. Still, it was very painful.
I don’t regret that I spoke up– although it probably left some mud in my reputation and future job prospect. I spoke up because I cannot justify my job if i cannot even speak up for myself.
I am happy that Mediacorp is acknowledging *additional allegations* brought forth by five other producers and hope they will be fully investigated in the near future. And I hope this incident prompts more open culture and dialogue within the company. I think this is very important because I was repeatedly discouraged from going to HR with my past complaints. And that should not happen anymore. Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected at work– regardless of their age, gender, sexuality or ethnicity.
I had a wonderful time in Singapore. I made everlasting friends such as Noreen and Claire . I’ve learned so much in Channel News Asia from wonderful colleagues who’ve supported me and encouraged me. I am especially grateful for Dawn Karen Tan and my direct boss Fred. They were so supportive and caring. I am forever grateful.
During past two weeks, I’ve received many messages from Singaporeans I do not know– even from Houston, Texas! Sorry I cannot respond individually but thank you so much for your messages. It gave me strength.
I will be leaving Singapore soon as I am now a tourist Thank you Singapore.”