Touching less sensitive parts not sexual harassment: court
By Han Yoon-ji
A district court has ruled that touching parts of the body that are less sensitive to intimacy for a short amount of time does not constitute sexual harassment.
“The defendant only touched the employee’s clavicle area, and not a sensitive area such as her breasts, “ said a panel of the Daegu District Court Tuesday. “Moreover, touching someone’s shoulder as a sign of encouragement or asking a favor, not sexual harassment.”
Mr. A, 28, was accused of sexually harassing a female employee at a golf goods store on Sept. 3 last year. He allegedly performed such actions as poking her chest area and stroking her back.
The CCTV recording at the store showed Mr. A in conversation with the female employee, then enacting brief physical contact with her. His facial expression did not change at all, as if everything was normal.
The presiding judge also said that the brevity of physical contact _ which occurred for less than one second _ could not be defined as sexual molestation.
Mr. A said in his questioning that he was embarrassed that his actions would come across in such a manner, which helped him receive a not guilty verdict.