Who We Are


Sexual violence is routinely dismissed as "private," "unimportant," or "shameful" sexual issue, and wrongly associated with "female virginity," or "lies" told  by women. Moreover, Korean society's traditions and distorted perceptions of sex and gender, has until recently, kept sexual violence unaddressed, preventing survivors from receiving appropriate assistance and support. The Korean Violence Relief Center (KSVRC), opened in 1991 when sexual violence was not yet understood as a violation of sexual self-determination. Since then, our doors have remained opened with the hope of changing Korea's hostile environment towards survivors. 

KSVRC is a women's activist organization that aims to reveal the nature of sexual violence as a structural problem caused by power relations between gender. We have assisted and supported sexual violence survivors through various activities, including but not limited to providing more than 87,000 one-on-one counseling sessions, proposing the enactment and revision of laws, monitoring and evaluating policy, publishing materials, and running educational programs.


Korea Sexual Violence Relief CenterKim Hyejung (Director), Ran Choi(Deputy Director), Jeon Hyeyoung, Gami, Yurang, Parang, KyungJin, Claire, Shina, Somang Han 
Yeolimteo Shelter Eunhee Cho(Director), Park Jihee, Susu, Nakta, SangA 
Ulim Research Institute 


  • 2020 Conference on the 'consent' of a minor under the age of 16: Between Punishing the Assailant And Ensuring the Victim's Competence
    Release of the <Practical Advise on Supporting Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors>

    (Joint Effort) Joint action for the Mayor of Seoul city sexual violence case
    (Joint Effort) Joint task force for the Oh Keo-don sexual violence case
    (Joint Effort) Joint task force for the Telegram sextortion
  • 2019 (Joint Effort) Solidarity conferences for revision of 'rape laws' (Ongoing program)
    (Joint Effort) Joint task force for the sexual violence against sexual minority/female soldier in the Navys
  • 2018 An emergency debate on the gender politics associated with the biased investigations on illegal filming cases
    Between Damage and Survival, discussions on workplace sexual violence conference
    From Suspicion to Support, dissecting sexual violence counter-accusations forum

    (Joint Effort) Social movement for the #Metoo movement
    (Joint Effort) Joint task force for the Ahn Hee-Jung sexual violence case
    (Joint Effort) Joint task force for the Lee Yountaek sexual violence case
  • 2017 Awarded Second Prize for Women's Award by Seoul City
    (Recognized for safeguarding women's rights by providing psychological, medical, & legal support for sexual violence victims)
    Published Book <The Only Standard: Enthusiastic Consent>, the first book of our publication series, <Critical Sexual Violence Court Judgement Cases>
    29th round of educational training for sexual violence support counselors
    (Joint Effort) Launched the <Joint Action for Reproductive Justice> (Ongoing program)
  • 2015 Street Harassment Project Sang-sang Toon
    Break the Supreme Court Precedent for Gender Equality Project (ongoing program)
  • 2014 Yeolimteo Shelter's 20th Anniversary commemorative project
  • 2013 Research Institute Ulim Opens
  • 2011 KSVRC's 20th Anniversary commemorative project
  • 2010 Gender Sensitization Training (ongoing program)
    selected as an "Excellent Group in Cooperative Project" by Ministry of Gender Equality and Family
  • 2008 Yeo-Ag-Yeo-Rak Concert
    Human Rights Sensitivity Training Program and book publishing (will be published soon)
  • 2006 Break the Supreme Court Precedent Movement

    Desire Seeking and Little Talks (Ongoing program)
  • 2005 Sexual Violence Survivors Speech Contest participants awarded "Stepping Stone for Gender Equality" Award
  • 2004 Yeo-Ag-Yeo-Rak Concert
    Feminist Self-defense Training (Ongoing program)
    ~2009 Reclaim the Night Korea
    ~2007 Ran Survivors Self-sustaining Community Ha-dam
  • 2003 Sexual Violence Survivors Speech Contest (Ongoing program)
  • 1998 ~2006 Gender Equality Education Center and Affiliated 21C FemaleㆍMedia Movement Center is established
  • 1997 ~2006 Ran Sexual Violence Research Institute
  • 1994 Yeolimteo Shelter is Established
  • 1993 ~2000 coperated with Sexual Violence Crisis Center
    ~1999 cooperated with Committee for the Seoul National University Sexual Harassment Case and a Joint Defense Council
  • 1991 Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center established in April
    ~1993 cooperated with Special Act on Sexual Violence Promotion Committee
322 [2021-04-13] [Press Conference] “Sexual Abuse, requesting further developments in investigating the identified evidence,” a Press Conference requesting an fair and impartial investigation for the ‘Quasi-Rape’ cases involving illegal filming [0] 2021.05.17
321 [2021-04-12] Out of Office Notice for the KSVRC’s 30th birthday [0] 2021.05.17
320 [2021-04-12] Sexual Violence Survivor Peer Support Group for April, 2021 [0] 2021.05.17
319 [2021-04-08] Press conference to request sexual equality from the newly elected Mayor of Seoul [0] 2021.05.17
318 [2021-04-07] [KSVRC Members Workshop] Shall we raise some plants? [0] 2021.05.17
317 [2021-03-25] Apr. 7 by-election, what do you think? Speaking together with citizen’s voice [0] 2021.05.17
316 [2021-03-23] Information on 2021 KSVRC Legal Counseling on Mondays [0] 2021.05.17
315 [2021-03-15] Sexual Violence Survivor Peer Support Group for March, 2021 [0] 2021.05.17
314 [2021-03-12] March 8th, International Women’s Day - Game Open for the revision of Rape Laws - WONDERFUL-LAW [0] 2021.05.17
313 [2021-03-08] Participation information for “Run-Day” showing the solidarity behind International Women’s Day [0] 2021.05.17
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