New Orleans Leaders to Gather in Support of Vietnamese Rape Victims

Educational event to premier compelling video testimonials capturing their struggle and survival

WHAT:
During the Vietnam War, South Korean troops raped and sexually assaulted thousands of Vietnamese women across the country. Many of these women bore children as a result of their assault. These women and their children, the Con Lai Dai Han, have faced many challenges in the decades that followed. The South Korean government has never formally acknowledged what happened to these women.

Monday’s press event by Voices of Vietnam will provide a platform for those who have spent years in silence.

WHO:
Voices of Vietnam is co-chaired by Former Congressman Anh (Joseph) Cao of Louisiana, the first Vietnamese- American member of Congress and Cyndi Nguyen, Executive Director of VIET New Orleans.

WHEN:
Monday, November 16, 2015
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:
Basin Street Station, Fourth Floor
501 Basin Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

WHY:
Voices of Vietnam, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about Vietnamese women who were sexually assaulted by South Korean troops during the Vietnam War, is launching its effort to chronicle stories of their struggle and survival via compelling video testimonials at www.VietnamVoices.org.

The website currently features the stories of 10 victims – including eight women who were raped by South Korean soldiers, one man who witnessed his mother’s assault at the age of 13, and one child born as a result of a rape known in Vietnam as the Con Lai Dai Han, or children of mixed blood.

One of the women, Nguyen Thi Bach Tuyet of central Vietnam, also lends her story to a petition on Change.org. In it, Ms. Nguyen calls on South Korean President Park Geun-hye to acknowledge her assault and to formally apologize to her and the thousands of women like her on behalf of the South Korean government. President Park’s father, former President Park Chung-hee, served as South Korea’s president during the Vietnam War, during which hundreds of thousands of Korean troops were deployed.

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