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입력 2018.04.19 (15:13) 수정 2018.04.19 (16:40) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

There’s a serious problem in Korean law enforcement when it comes to investigating sexual crimes. The practice of questioning a victim about whether they too may have been at fault is pervasive, and some are asked to prove that they were in fact the victim of sexual harassment or assault.

[Pkg]

A woman in her 30s filed rape charges against her ex-boyfriend with the police in January. She was hopeful for a police investigation but all she received was criticism and humiliating questions. Her lawyer who also attended the police interrogation recorded remarks made by the officers. "Would a military officer who graduated from a four-year university commit such a reckless act?" The remarks were audacious as one officer even said that "Speaking from experience, pants need to be pulled down all the way." The officer even scolded the woman saying she doesn't seem to be completely without fault.

[Soundbite] (Complainant (Voice modified)) : "I was mortified. I felt the officer was being very subjective and thought that no matter what I say, he will not get it."

The police have said such questioning methods are inevitable to accurately grasp the facts especially when the two sides have different stories.

[Soundbite] (Police Official (Voice modified)) : "I'm not saying all that was said was all correct and necessary. However, it's inevitable we repeat questions about the incident being raised by the accuser in more detail."

The police handed over the case to the prosecution with a opinion of 'non-indictment.' And prosecutors decided not to indict the ex-boyfriend citing insufficient evidence. It is most important for investigators to be sincerely considerate in cases of sexual violence. The Supreme Court issued a statement regarding rulings last week that in sexual offense conflicts, special circumstances such as emotions of fear and sexual humiliation felt by the victim should be taken into consideration.
  • Victim Blaming
    • 입력 2018-04-19 15:01:48
    • 수정2018-04-19 16:40:37
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

There’s a serious problem in Korean law enforcement when it comes to investigating sexual crimes. The practice of questioning a victim about whether they too may have been at fault is pervasive, and some are asked to prove that they were in fact the victim of sexual harassment or assault.

[Pkg]

A woman in her 30s filed rape charges against her ex-boyfriend with the police in January. She was hopeful for a police investigation but all she received was criticism and humiliating questions. Her lawyer who also attended the police interrogation recorded remarks made by the officers. "Would a military officer who graduated from a four-year university commit such a reckless act?" The remarks were audacious as one officer even said that "Speaking from experience, pants need to be pulled down all the way." The officer even scolded the woman saying she doesn't seem to be completely without fault.

[Soundbite] (Complainant (Voice modified)) : "I was mortified. I felt the officer was being very subjective and thought that no matter what I say, he will not get it."

The police have said such questioning methods are inevitable to accurately grasp the facts especially when the two sides have different stories.

[Soundbite] (Police Official (Voice modified)) : "I'm not saying all that was said was all correct and necessary. However, it's inevitable we repeat questions about the incident being raised by the accuser in more detail."

The police handed over the case to the prosecution with a opinion of 'non-indictment.' And prosecutors decided not to indict the ex-boyfriend citing insufficient evidence. It is most important for investigators to be sincerely considerate in cases of sexual violence. The Supreme Court issued a statement regarding rulings last week that in sexual offense conflicts, special circumstances such as emotions of fear and sexual humiliation felt by the victim should be taken into consideration.

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