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In #MeToo Moment, Former Peking University Professor Accused of Rape, Assault

The friends and family of Gao Yan (pictured) have said she committed suicide in 1998 after being sexually assaulted by Peking University professor Shen Yang. Shen has denied that he had a sexual relationship with Gao. Photo: Provided by the Gao family
The friends and family of Gao Yan (pictured) have said she committed suicide in 1998 after being sexually assaulted by Peking University professor Shen Yang. Shen has denied that he had a sexual relationship with Gao. Photo: Provided by the Gao family

A second allegation of sexual misconduct has been leveled against Shen Yang, a former professor at Beijing’s prestigious Peking University, who was recently accused of raping a student before she committed suicide 20 years ago.

Xu Hongyun, a former student at the Beijing Forestry University, told Caixin that Shen, now 62, made unwanted physical contact with her in his car around 2006, when Xu was considering applying for a doctoral student position with Shen.

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