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Controversial Speeches on Campus Are Not Violence - The Atlantic
We are not denying that college students encounter racism and other forms of discrimination on campus, from individuals or from institutional systems. We are, rather, pointing out a fact that is crucial in any discussion of stress and its effects: People do not react to the world as it is; they react to the world as they interpret it, and those interpretations are major determinants of success and failure in life. As we said in our Atlantic article:

Rather than trying to protect students from words and ideas that they will inevitably encounter, colleges should do all they can to equip students to thrive in a world full of words and ideas that they cannot control. One of the great truths taught by Buddhism (and Stoicism, Hinduism, and many other traditions) is that you can never achieve happiness by making the world conform to your desires. But you can master your desires and habits of thought. This, of course, is the goal of cognitive behavioral therapy.
SJWs  language  violence  academia 
july 2017 by thegrandnarrative
Romanticized depictions of dating violence in Korean dramas
http://media.daum.net/entertain/drama/newsview?newsid=20160922195807836

Article: This is a crime... top 4 worst dating violence scenes in 2016 dramas

Source: Oh My News via Daum

Article analyzes four scenes from Korean dramas that depict signs of misogyny, sexual harassment, and dating violence in a romanticized light.

1. KBS 'Uncontrollably Fond' - Junyoung often physically pulls around Noeul by force, sometimes even picking her up without permission. He shouts and kicks at her, and in one scene even leaves her on the side of a road after violently driving her around. Editors chose the scene where Junyoung and Noeul get into a fight and he forcibly pushes her onto the bed and slides her zipper down while the camera pans to a hesitant Noeul as the worst scene of the drama.
Korean  dramas  Korean  rape  Korean  sexual  violence 
november 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Prosecutors seek 7 years for wife accused of rape
Prosecutors argued that “The accused has not expressed any remorse for her actions nor has she gained pardon from the victim,” and that therefore a stern punishment is unavoidable.

Shim is the first woman to be accused of raping her husband.

Prosecutors are seeking 3 years in prison for Shim’s accomplice, Kim, 42, who helped in the incarceration of the victim.

Shim admits having locked up the victim but denies the rape charges, claiming the sex was by mutual consent.

She said in her final statement that, “Although there is much that I personally want to say, I only ask the court to reach a sage decision.”

Shim’s legal representative pleaded in her defense that “The couple’s actions before and after the sex shows that there had been consent,” and that “Shim had no intentions to rape.”
Korean  rape  Korean  male  rape  Korean  sexual  violence  Korean  spousal  rape 
august 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Do People End Up in Jail for Stalking (in Korea)?
A: Well, sort of… It’s possible if repeated threats were involved.

The Ulsan District Court recently sentenced a man to 6 months in prison (no probation) for threatening/stalking a woman he was infatuated with.

Last year, the man had already been found guilty of threatening/stalking the woman. He was sentenced to 6 months in prison (2 years probation). But even after the conviction, he continued. So again, he was indicted and found guilty. And because he was (already) on probation, the court had no choice but to put him behind bars this time. No probation.

What’s interesting is that the (main) law used to convict the man was not directly related to stalking, but related to sending threatening/scary text messages. (See slide above.) He had repeatedly threatened the woman (and people around her) that he would kidnap/impregnate her, etc.

Compare this case to another recent case in which a man was acquitted of sending “scary” text messages: Link

Thanks for reading!
Korean  stalking  rape  sexual  violence  law 
july 2016 by thegrandnarrative
China’s Child Rape Laws Fall Hopelessly Short
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/girlhood-interrupted

Chinese law still lacks a consistent definition of sexual assault. The Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China — the country’s penal code, first adopted in 1979 — established the law surrounding sexual assault against minors and set the age of consent at 14.

However, until recent amendments to the document in 2015, the existence of a law on underage female solicitation and the fact that indecent assault did not cover boys between the ages of 14 and 18 had drawn strong criticism.

Article 360, Section 2 of the 1997 revised version of China’s penal code states: “Whoever whores with a girl under the age of 14 shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than five years and shall also be fined.” This wording is fundamentally flawed for a number of reasons.

First, the term “whores” confuses rape with the act of soliciting prostitution. Consequently, even in a successful sentencing under this article, the degrading label of “prostitute” is imposed on the victim.

Second, the reference to solicitation implies that underage girls are able to give consent. This contradicts Article 236 of the penal code: “Whoever has sexual relations with a girl under the age of 14 shall be deemed to have committed rape and shall be given a heavier punishment.”

Third, the very existence of the offense of underage solicitation may cloud the focus in potential rape convictions. In extreme cases, settling for the charge of soliciting an underage prostitute has been a tactic used by offenders to escape harsher sentences.

In 2013 the Supreme People’s Court, along with other government bodies, issued a judicial explanation of the law, the first clause of which clarified what was considered sexual assault of a minor.

However, this document focused exclusively on forms of sexual assault involving physical contact, meaning the distribution of obscene materials and other non-physical offenses were not included under the umbrella of child sexual assault. The document also c
chinese  sexuality  chinese  rape  chinese  age  of  consent  chinese  sexual  violence  chinese  law 
july 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Sex crime and the South Korean media
About two years have passed, and a series of media reports on the recent gang rape case which occurred in a remote island in the nation’s Sinan Country makes one question whether the guideline has simply been futile.

It’s meaningless to describe what the reports have done in detail – in short, the reports exposed unnecessary information about the victim, such as her job, her age and other personal history while not doing the same about the suspects. It is as meaningless to question whether the reports had any intention to serve its very basic duty – to serve public interest.

As journalists, those who work in the media get to move on after writing a story. But those who they write about will most likely be tied to the story for a long time, especially in Korea where stigma against sexual violence victims prevails.

Failing to recognize the professional duty to understand the impact of one’s story, and even inflict secondary victimization, it would be better not to publish any stories about any sexual assault at all.

Journalism indeed is business, but making profit by exploiting some of the most traumatic and painful experiences of the vulnerable cannot be justified in any way.

In 2012, when a 7-year-old child was raped by a man in his 20s in Naju, South Jeolla Province, many media outlets stressed that the door of the girl’s house wasn’t locked and she was left unattended by her parents. The victim was kidnapped while sleeping in the house alone and was raped under a bridge in the town. Her mother, who was at an Internet cafe at the time of the event, received public criticism for “not protecting her child properly” after some media reports portrayed her as a game addict while describing her spouse as an irresponsible father.

Many TV reporters also filmed the victim’s house without the mother’s consent, and used electricity in the house without asking. After the footage of the property was broadcast nationwide, the family said they had “no choice but to move” as they felt their reputation was ruined and lost
korean  media  korean  rape  korean  sex  crimes  korean  sexual  violence 
june 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Staying Safe: Sales of Batons and Underpants Soar
Industry watchers say that the increased sales of underpants also seems to be related to the increased sales of self-defense items.

According to the women’s underwear brand ‘Vivian’, sales of women’s underpants and under skirts rose 54 percent compared to data from three years ago. Sales of ‘short shorts’, which are short underpants worn under miniskirts, recorded a dramatic 81 percent increase. Short shorts are a necessity for girl group members who wear short pants and skirts but have to dance dynamic choreography.

“Before, women bought underpants to create curves underneath their clothes. However, many young women are currently buying underpants to prevent from being victims of hidden cameras”, officials at Vivian say.

The number of hidden camera crimes increased to 7,623 cases in 2015. The hike is dramatic as only 337 cases were reported in 2005. The development of smartphones and silent camera applications were identified as the main contributing factors to the increase.
korean  sexual  violence  korean  crime  korean  upskirt  photos 
june 2016 by thegrandnarrative
What is 폭행?
Pokhaeng is a crime akin to battery in American law. (Battery is the use of force against another, resulting in harmful or offensive contact.)

I say “akin” because the two are not exactly the same. Pokhaeng does not require actual physical contact: 1) Throwing a stone at someone –> can be pokhaeng even if the stone misses, 2) Yelling into someone’s ear –> can be pokhaeng as well. (Provided, these actions were intentional.)

The Seoul Eastern District Court recently found a woman guilty of pokhaeng after she threw a bowl of water at another person. She received a criminal fine of KRW 300,000 via a deferred sentence.

CRIMINAL ACT (형법)

Article 260 (Crime of Violence)

(1) A person who uses violence against another shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 2 years, a fine not exceeding 5 million won, detention, or a minor fine.

(2) When the crime as referred to in paragraph (1) is committed on a lineal ascendant of the offender or of his/her spouse, he/she shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or a fine not exceeding 7 million won.

(3) The crimes as referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not be prosecuted over the express objection of the victim.

– Translation mostly by KLRI (Korea Legislation Research Institute)

Pokhaeng is what is referred to as a “반의사불벌죄.” This means the perpetrator cannot be prosecuted if the victim expressly objects. If a (monetary) settlement is reached, the police will not proceed further.

Thanks for reading!
korean  violence  korean  crime  korean  law 
june 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Korean Law on Rape: Understanding the ‘Lack of Consent’ Requirement
In all rape-related (criminal) cases, it is the prosecution who bears the burden of proving “lack of consent.” Because it’s up to the prosecution to prove (beyond a reasonable doubt) every element of a crime.

Normally, “lack of consent” is proven by showing that: the rapist used violence/intimidation (as a means) or the victim was already incapacitated (and the rapist was able to take advantage of that).

Here, the level of violence/intimidation is important. –> It must have rendered resistance “impossible or extremely difficult.”

This means: If the accuser could have reasonably resisted or ran away at any point, the court is unlikely to recognize rape. Having said “no” (alone) is insufficient. The court will also consider the circumstances under which the individuals entered and left the premises.
korean  rape  korean  consent  korean  sexual  violence  korean  law 
may 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Common Misconceptions About Korean Law on Rape
Hi. Below are some I encounter fairly on a regular basis. (Oh, the chart above is not a misconception. I just made it for ease of understanding.)

1. “The statute of limitations is 6 months…”

I say: No. Before June 2013, it used to be that a victim had to file a criminal complaint (고소) to the police/prosecution within 6 months of having fallen victim. FYI, a statute of limitations (공소시효) is something entirely different. (It’s when the police/prosecution have no leads, and finally the perpetrator cannot be prosecuted. And oh, it’s not 6 months. For rape perpetrated against an adult, it’s always been 10 years!)

2. “A victim has to press charges for the police to investigate…”

I say: No. This, I think, refers to the criminal complaint requirement I just mentioned. But either way, this requirement was abolished in June 2013. And hence, also no longer true is the following statement: “A rapist can essentially bribe his/her victim to avoid criminal punishment…”

3. “Intoxication is a vali
korean  rape  korean  law  korean  sexual  violence  korean  sex  crimes 
april 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Intimate partner violence - pleas turn to threats, finally to bloodshed
On Feb. 17, the West Police Department on Jeju Island arrested Kim on charges of criminal threatening and business interference.

Following a month in which it focused on complaints of violence between romantic partners that wrapped up on Mar. 2, South Korea’s National Police Agency announced on Mar. 6 that it had fielded 1,279 complaints and brought in 868 suspects. The police ended up booking 61 of the suspects on charges including criminal threatening, confinement and murder.

“People are less likely to report violence by a romantic partner during the early stages unless they feel a serious threat because it’s a romantic relationship,” the police explained.

During the crackdown, 58.3% of perpetrators who were reported were in their 20s and 30s while 35.6% were in their 40s and 50s. The most common types of intimate partner violence were physical abuse and injury (61.9%), confinement and threatening (17.4%) and sexual abuse (5.4%). There was also one case of murder and one case of attempted murder.

“The majority of cases of intimate partner violence consist of physical assault, confinement and threatening and sexual assault, sometimes in combination,” said a police spokesperson.

For example, when the girlfriend of a man surnamed Lee, 54, ignored his instructions to stay at home and tried to go out this past January, Lee locked her inside the house. After that, he brandished a knife at her and threatened to disseminate pictures he had taken of her without her permission.

A man surnamed Park, 45, was arrested last month after being accused of breaking into the house of his ex-girlfriend, who had broken up with him, by cutting through the security bars on her window, raping her while menacing her with a knife and then burning charcoal in an attempt to kill her.

In another case, a man was jailed after forcing a victim into a car and then assaulting her. When the woman escaped from the car, the man chased after her and inflicted injuries on her that took seven weeks to heal.

There was also one case that ended
korean  rape  korean  sexual  violence  korean  partner  violence  korean  date  rape 
march 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Stalkers to face harsher punishment
Stalking has resulted in serious and tragic incidents, even death, so for stalking to be a minor offense does little to protect the victims. In a case in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, last week, a 29-year-old woman killed a man in her home who stalked her and turned herself in, triggering a debate on self-defense. In July last year, a 49-year-old housewife was murdered by her stalker outside her home in Daegu on her way to work in the morning. Later, police found that she had asked police to protect her against the stalker several times ― but to no avail. Women's rights groups have welcomed the move. "We welcome the government's decision. Stalking is a serious issue but has not drawn attention from policymakers and the government," said Lee Mi-kyeong, chairperson of Korea Sexual Crime Relief Center. She said out of the 1,308 people who sought help from the center last year, 58, or 4.4 percent of the total, were victims of stalking. The ratio increased by 1 percentage point fr
stalking  korean  stalking  stalkers  korean  stalkers  korean  sexual  violence  korean  rape 
february 2016 by thegrandnarrative
OECD Better Life Index
https://twitter.com/John_F_Power/status/651572168346611712 Part of the reason expats think Korea is so safe is probably because the English media ignores crime. https://twitter.com/John_F_Power/status/651567370247364608 Korea's safety is exaggerated. Homicide rate about 1/5 of U.S., but higher than OZ, UK, Ireland, France, per OCED.
korean  crime  korean  violence  korean  murder  john  power 
january 2016 by thegrandnarrative
Korean court, college blasted for dating abuse lenience
he victim suffered two broken ribs in the incident, and had to receive three weeks of medical treatment. In an audio file recorded by the victim during the abuse and broadcast by a local TV network, the perpetrator threatens to kill her while the victim begs him stop beating her. Prosecutors had initially sought a two-year prison sentence, but the court only gave him a fine, saying the perpetrator “deeply regrets his wrongdoings” and “if he gets sentenced to any penalty heavier than probation, the medical student may face expulsion from his school.” Chosun University, meanwhile, held a committee meeting Tuesday -- more than eight months after the incident took place -- after receiving fierce public criticism when the case was reported in the media. The school announced Wednesday that it would expel the convicted student. “We are deeply sorry for all the trouble we’ve caused,” the school said on its Facebook account. Suffering from depression and anxiety disorder, the victim shared i
korean  domestic  violence  korean  domestic  abuse 
december 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Breast Intentions: Of Violence, Advertising and Lingerie | Bitch Media
But does the measure for the objectification of women always lie in the amount of skin being shown? To praise the Amanté ads for what they don't show seems not only culturally irrelevant, but ignores other manifestations of objectification at play. For instance: The women featured in these ads, like the women featured in practically every aspect of public visual culture today, are undoubtedly beautiful. And Amanté's slogan ("Love Yourself") contributes to an existing global vocabulary of advertising that suggests only the beautiful deserve love. Furthermore, using the language of domestic violence here contributes to a construction of not only the beautiful woman, but the beautiful who is beautiful and thereby unabused. Both self-confidence and freedom from violence are linked to fashion and beauty itself, thus negating the class, caste, race, and other realities of gender-based violence. Chiramel and Stewart may not see it, but to those who have worked on anti-violence campaigns—and,
lingerie  lingerie  advertising  domestic  violence 
november 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Death to Clones — Sexual Assault & Resources
Here are links to the posts on my personal experience and some of the things I learned along the way about the police and court processes. I put in short descriptions to help make it a bit easier if anyone is looking for particular information. These posts span from January 2013 to June 2013. “The Jist of It” – The story of my attack http://deathtoclones.tumblr.com/post/40289253960/the-jist-of-it “Theories” – Updates from the day after on locks and theories http://deathtoclones.tumblr.com/post/40318798945/stew-is-cooking-and-dishes-are-cleaned-just-need “Hangin’ in There” – More of the aftermath http://deathtoclones.tumblr.com/post/40401318027/hangin-in-there “Update on My Case” – First update from the police after the attack http://deathtoclones.tumblr.com/post/40510108707/update-on-my-case “Hyung Bar” – My thanks to the guys at the bar near my house that helped http://deathtoclones.tumblr.com/post/40518219848/hyung-bar “Freaking Out” – Discovered more evidence in my bedroom a f
korean  sexual  assault  korean  sexual  violence  korean  rape 
september 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Korean Law Regarding Sexual Groping: An Overview | KLAWGURU.COM
I. Understanding the Key Terms In Korea, you may have heard of the term “indecent act” (추행). It basically refers to the crime of “(sexual) groping” or “inappropriate sexual touching.” I personally prefer the broader term “inappropriate sexual touching” because not only is there “groping,” but there is also “forcible grinding” and “forcible kissing.” Unlike groping, the latter two do not entail so much using one’s hand to achieve gratification. Meanwhile, the term “indecent act” is actually a much broader term than (even) “inappropriate sexual touching.” An “indecent act” does not require physical contact! For example, forcing another person (e.g., by making threats with a knife) to watch one masturbate in an enclosed area (e.g., inside an elevator) constitutes an “indecent act.” An “indecent act” is a very broad term referring to any act objectively capable of producing feelings of sexual humiliation or revulsion that infringes upon the right to sexual self-determination of another p
korean  law  korean  rape  korean  groping  korean  sexual  harassment  korean  sexual  violence 
july 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Breaking up, even after violence, is hard to do-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily
Relationship crime appears in the most intimate of human networks, and it isn’t limited to certain age groups. According to data provided by Rep. Park Nam-chun of the Democratic Party and acquired originally by the National Police Agency, there have been about 6,000 to 7,000 cases each year in Korea. Fifty-two people have died from relationship crimes, according to the data. Increasing numbers of reports of sexual violence, including rape, have been received by police, with 678 cases last year, up from 371 cases in 2010. “I do about 10 consultations a month on average with people experiencing violence in a relationship,” said Lee Jae-yong, a lawyer specializing in sexual crimes, adding that there are many more cases that are not included in the official statistics. “One out of three people experience physical violence while dating,” said Seo Kyeong-hyun, a psychiatric professor at Samyook University. Many of the assailants and victims are in their 20s, but cases are also reported am
korean  domestic  violence  korean  rape  korean  sexual  violence  korean  date  rape 
july 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Korea’s rape laws self-contradict
Earlier this month, a 21-year-old marine was sentenced to one year and six months in prison for sexually abusing at least four of his male subordinates over the course of 20 occasions in 2013, including forcing them to perform oral sex on him. However, when prosecutors in Gwangju indicted him on sexual abuse charges, they could not apply the nation’s rape laws ― as the law only acknowledges rape when the “female sex organ has been penetrated by the male sex organ.” This means same-sex rape cannot be legally acknowledged in Korea. The laws also don’t recognize any other forms of sexual penetration ― such as forced anal or oral sex, or inserting of a foreign object into the body ― as rape, regardless of the gender of the victim. Scholars and legal experts say the current law fails to protect victims of sexual violence with its limited definition of rape, especially those in the military who are vulnerable to power abuse. “The current law says that penetration of the vagina by the mal
korean  rape  korean  sexual  violence  korean  military  korean  military  service 
april 2015 by thegrandnarrative
K-Dramas: Too Much Casual Misogyny Onscreen?
But as a discerning viewer, I can’t help but notice the sometimes disturbing nature of how women are viewed and treated by men onscreen. There’s the obligatory objectification (a universally old story), and there’s the cliche rag doll-like tossing of women via wrist-grabbing between men. I cringe at some portrayals of women on K-dramas, and sometimes it’s the casual misogyny depicted that I find much more unsettling than the dramatic scenes shown. Granted, they are (usually) committed by the villainous characters onscreen. I’ve been shocked at some of the ways in which violence, in particular, is directed at women onscreen. Prejudice in any form is an ugly sight to bear, and violence against women is no different. Taking these images with a grain of salt, though, I recognize the context – these are scripted dramatizations. But I’m also fully aware of the influence that media images carry, and oftentimes the message from the image is far more influential than the dialog surrounding it
korean  dramas  korean  misogyny  domestic  violence  misaeng 
april 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Educational programs at forefront of sex crime prevention
Lee said that the problem is that society attaches a stigma to sex crime victims. Like robbery and traffic accidents, victims of sex crimes can always go back to normal life and get through it. But it is the reaction of people and the way they look at victims that makes it difficult to move on. “I see many people expressing their rage against sex crime offenders. They want them to get the death penalty, but on the other hand, people’s strong reaction to sex crime cases show how much people are obsessed with the traditional virtue that forces women to keep their virginity,” Lee said. Two tragic incidents shocked the nation last year leaving many feeling that no place is safe. In July, a primary school girl was raped and killed in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province. Less than two months later, another 7-year-old girl was kidnapped during the night from her own house, and was brutally raped and strangled by a 20-something man in her neighborhood. She survived, but suffered severe inju
korean  sex  crimes  korean  virginity  korean  sexual  violence  korean  rape  korean  law  korean  sex  education 
april 2015 by thegrandnarrative
South Korean Human Rights Monitor | The Neglected Elderly Women Sexually Assaulted in Korean Society - South Korean Human Rights Monitor
The number of sexual assaults against elderly people over 60 dramatically increased in the past five years according to a recent survey. In detail, there were 244 cases and 370 cases in 2009 and in 2014 respectively. This is notable in that the number of sex crime against children shrunk from 1123 in 2013 down to 1039 cases in 2014 along with the efforts of the whole society. One expert said the real number of sexual harassment crime against elderly people would be much higher as elderly people do not report an accident due to a sense of shame. South Korea is rapidly moving toward an aged society with the soaring number of elderly people. According to the National Statistical Office, Korea’s elderly population will grow by 13 million over the next 20 years. This number accounts for 24.3% of the total population. The crucial point to note is that the current number of elderly people living alone accounts for a quarter of the total elderly population. As of 2014, the population of elder
korean  elderly  korean  elderly  abuse  korean  aging  society  korean  demographics  korean  elderly  care  korean  sexual  violence  korean  rape  korean  sexual  assault 
march 2015 by thegrandnarrative
Kim Hyun-joong and the Cycle of Abuse - seoulbeats | seoulbeats
The mess that is Kim Hyun-joong‘s very public domestic violence case seems like it will never go away, and is beginning to resemble the convoluted and tragic storyline of a K-drama. Unfortunately, this is not a work of fiction with an easy resolution. It is easy to want to brush aside this story due to its complex nature, but the issues involved (of male privilege, domestic violence and media manipulation, among other things) are simply too important to ignore. This all began on the 20th of August 2014, when Kim Hyun-joong’s girlfriend, a woman formerly known only as ‘A’ but now called Miss Choi, filed a lawsuit against him. Her claim was that over a period of two months, he had repeatedly beaten her, with the medical documents she gave as evidence showing she had severe bruising and broken ribs as a result. Kim Hyun-joong’s management, Keyeast Entertainment, eventually claimed that the injuries were either a result of “rough play” between the two or a fight where they were both atta
korean  domestic  violence  korean  domestic  abuse  20140714_seoulbeats_kim  hyun  joong  Kim  Hyun-joong 
march 2015 by thegrandnarrative
ILDA: The Anti-Sexual Violence Movement in Universities Should be Encouraged
Sexual violence in universities is not something that only recently started. However, lately a few universities such as Seoul National University, Korea University, and Chungang University have been publicly criticized because sexual violent assaults by professors have gone unpunished. The sexual violence case of a mathematics professor at Seoul National University (SNU) was particularly shocking because of the large number of victims who—after the public exposure of that case—posted on the SNU online private/inner community board that they experienced similar sexual violence. Above all, this case was unprecedented because it was the first time that a professor was charged with sexual harassment and that the professor, who had attempted to go abroad, was seized. However, SNU did not act properly because the university accepted the professor's resignation, and by doing so could no longer officially charge him. It was only after a public outcry that the university withdrew the acceptan
korean  sexual  harassment  korean  academia  korean  universities  korean  sexual  violence 
march 2015 by thegrandnarrative
The Family in Recession: Births & Divorces Down, Violence Up » Sociological Images
Domestic violence: a spike along with joblessness Family violence has become much less common since the 1990s. The reasons are not entirely clear, but they certainly include the overall drop in violent crime, improved response from social service and non-governmental organizations, and improvements in women’s relative economic status. However, when the recession hit there was a spike in intimate-partner violence, coinciding with the sharp rise in men’s unemployment rates (I show the trends here). As with the other trends, it’s hard to make a case based on timing alone, but the evidence is fairly strong that the economic shock increased family stress and violence. For example, one study showed that mothers were more likely to report spanking their children in the months when consumer confidence fell. Another study found a jump in abusive head trauma cases during the recession in several regions. And there have been many anecdotal and journalist accounts of increases in family violence
financial  crisis  recession  us  demographics  domestic  violence 
january 2015 by thegrandnarrative
3 in 10 sex offenders given reprieves
Three in 10 defendants convicted of sexual violence in Korea receive a commutation of their prison sentence in trials at appellate courts, data from the Seoul Women Lawyers Association showed Monday. According to the data, the appeals courts commuted the terms of 299 (or 31.8 percent) out of 939 sexual crime case rulings in district courts, from January 2013 to June 2014. Among the 299 commutations, 59.5 percent (178 cases) were reduced to jail terms ranging between six months and two years, 30.4 percent (91) to terms of between two and five years and 5.3 percent (16) to terms of under six months. Further, terms for 36.1 percent (108) of the 299 cases were changed from prison terms to stays of execution. The association said that the court has been relatively lukewarm toward sexual offense crimes, stressing that “sentences should be sterner for crimes of high frequency.” According to an analysis of recent court rulings on sex offenders by Rep. Woo Yoon-keun of the New Politics All
korean  sex  offenders  korean  sexual  violence  korean  rape 
december 2014 by thegrandnarrative
‘Domestic violence victims suffer from weak legal measures’
Despite the newly enforced special law on domestic violence this year, many victims still suffer from a lack of legal protection from the court, a civic group said Tuesday. Under the special law on domestic violence implemented in October, the court can legally and physically separate a perpetrator from the victim to prevent further violence. But according to the civic group for domestic violence prevention, a large number of victims are constantly exposed to their abusers, as the court normally suggests consultation or negotiation. In 2013, the number of perpetrators of domestic violence stood at nearly 18,000, while just 1 percent were sentenced to imprisonment. Experts said that the court places consultation or negotiation far too often, in the name of the “family protection.” Through the court-led consultation or negotiation, the victims have to inevitably meet their abusers, without any further legal protection. “Having to face the abuser again can amount to psychological vio
korean  domestic  violence  korean  law  korean  police 
november 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Ministry issues sex crime media guidelines
For example, when a 7-year-old child was raped by a man in his 20s in Naju, South Jeolla Province, in 2012, many media outlets stressed that the door of the girl’s house wasn’t locked and she was left unattended by her parents. The victim was kidnapped while sleeping in the house alone and was raped under a bridge in the town. Her mother, who was at an Internet cafe at the time of the event, received public criticism for “not protecting her child properly.” Some media outlets accused the mother of being a game addict, while portraying the father as an irresponsible parent who drinks a lot and is rarely at home to spend time with his children. Many TV reporters also allegedly filmed the victim’s house without the mother’s consent, and used electricity in the house without asking. After the footage of the property was broadcast, the family said they had “no choice but to move,” as they felt they lost their anonymity. One of the media outlets, in fact, found the wounded victim in the
korean  media  korean  rape  korean  sexual  violence  korean  sex  crimes  MOGEF 
november 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Seoul’s Public Transport Safe For Women—Unless They Need Help - Korea Real Time - WSJ
Seoul ranks 5th of 16 cities surveyed in terms of safety for women on public transport according to the study by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, with New York the safest city and Bogota the least safe. However, the poll found that Seoul was the city where women least expected fellow passengers to step in to help if they got into trouble. Almost nine out of every 10 women said they were not confident of getting help. Thomson Reuters Foundation spoke to a woman from Seoul who recounted seeing a older drunken man berate a 20-something woman in a subway station about her dress and makeup. No one intervened, said Lee Su-ah, 34. “They were just watching. He looked kind of dangerous or psychotic, so they didn’t want to get involved,” Ms. Lee said.
korean  public  transport  korean  sexual  violence  korean  rape 
october 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Prestigious Workers, Especially Doctors, Commit Shocking Rates of Sexual Crimes | Be Korea-savvy
It is totally disgraceful that the number of sexual assault cases from people with so-called prestigious occupations passes 400 within one year, as their sexual violence and harassment are recurring. The jobs include lawyers, professors, religious leaders, journalists, artists, and doctors. The number of such professionals accused of a sexual assault totals 2,132 for the past five years, stated Congressman Kang Ki-yoon of the ruling Saenuri Party. Among them, doctors are blamed for 739 cases, the largest number, followed by religious leaders and professors. It is said that those sexual criminals in the prestigious jobs should be punished more strictly since they are in the social influential position. Regarding the statistics, netizens showed various reactions, saying, “I am dumbfounded at the news that doctors who we leave our body to are ranked No. 1,” “What matters most is to be fundamentally moral, not to be highly intellectual,” and “the spirit of noblesse oblige is a far cry
Korean  status  hierarchy  sexual  violence  sexual  harassment  sexual  assault 
september 2014 by thegrandnarrative
2.5 child sex crimes occur daily: lawmaker
A daily average of 2.5 sexual offenses against children occurred last year, a lawmaker said Thursday. National Police Agency data revealed by Rep. You Dae-woon of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy showed that there were 929 sex crimes against children aged 12 and below in 2013, up 13.4 percent from 819 cases reported in the previous year. By type, sexual molestation topped the list with 708 cases, followed by rape and adultery (115 cases) and others (106 cases). More than 70 offenders remained on the loose. Rep. You said, “Young victims are vulnerable to the danger of sexual offenses as they lack self-defense. Thus, it is important for the government to work on social consensus and implement practical measures to prevent sex crimes against children.” According to Supreme Prosecutor’s Office data released in 2013, 42.6 percent of child sex crimes were committed between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. and 40 percent of the offenders were previously acquainted with their victi
korean  sex  crimes  korean  sexual  violence  korean  rape  korean  pedophilia  korean  child  sex  crimes 
september 2014 by thegrandnarrative
The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - Sex Crimes Against Foreigners on the Rise
Sex crimes against foreigners are on the rise as Korea becomes gradually more cosmopolitan. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police, the number of sex crimes targeting foreigners increased around three-fold from 76 in 2009 to 213 last year. Over the same period, the total number of sex crimes here rose around 1.7 fold, from 4,250 to 7,395. "It has become much easier to meet foreigners via smartphone apps and this has led to a rise in sex crimes targeting them," a police spokesman said. Police will increase special teams dedicated to investigating sex crimes from 19 precincts across the capital to all 29 by September. Kim Chang-ryong at the Seoul Metropolitan Police said, "We are offering information and guidance to foreigners who are unaware of what to do if they become victims of sex crimes."
korean  sex  crimes  korean  rape  korean  sexual  violence  expats  in  korea 
september 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Sex abuse against teens rising: report
Sexual abuse of teenagers rose for the second straight year in 2013, with a sharp increase in the number of male victims, a lawmaker said Friday. The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier. “Considering that most teenage victims are reluctant to report such incidents to the authorities, it can be assumed that the problem (of sexual abuse among teens) is even graver than the numbers suggest,” Rep. Lee said. He said although it was important to come up with punishment for the offenders, authorities must first cook up measures to prevent these crimes, such as reinforcing police patrols around schools. The malady of sex-related crimes among minors has become a dire issue in Korea. According to a 2014 data by the Ministry of Gender
korean  sexual  violence  korean  sexual  abuse  korean  abuse  korean  prostitution  korean  teenagers 
august 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Seoul City Gov’t Utilizes Convenience Stores as Safety Protection Place for Women | Be Korea-savvy
After the Seoul Metropolitan city government designated 638 convenience stores that are open 24 hours a day as safety protection spots for women, more and more women have used the places in emergency situations. Earlier on February 25, in cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, the city government signed an agreement with the Korea Association of Convenience Stores and its five members, CU, GS25, 7-Eleven, Ministop, and C-Space, to utilize those stores as temporary shelters for women. As convenience stores offer 24/7 service and have closed circuit television cameras, most of them have been considered suitable for women in danger to stay for a while. In addition, the city government has set up a police hotline in those convenience stores. When a person presses an emergency button or leaves the telephone receiver off the hook, police officers are urgently dispatched to the store. In order to have prompt reaction, the city government cooperating with the police agency sh
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august 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Sex crimes on subway on the rise
The number of sex crimes being reported on subways is rising rapidly, Rep. Lee Noh-guen of the ruling Saenuri party said Sunday. During the first half of the year, 628 crimes were reported, nearly 60 percent of the 2013 total. The number of such crimes has been fluctuating over the last three years. It fell to 848 in 2012 from 1,291 in 2011, but rose to 1,026 in 2013. Sex crimes on subways are classified into two types: direct sexual harassment, including touching or rubbing body parts and photographing others' private parts with hidden, miniature cameras. Crimes using cameras have been increasing. In 2012 the number of hidden camera crimes overtook direct, sexual harassment, increasing steadily to 559 in 2013, up from 439 in 2012 and 448 in 2011. Sex crimes most frequently occurred on subway Line 2 in Seoul at more than half of the total crimes in 2010. Line 1 ranked second with 98 crimes. Victims of these crimes should immediately call 112, the Seoul Metro call center (1577-123
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august 2014 by thegrandnarrative
One year after legal change, spike in reported sexual assault cases : National : Home
June 18 marked one year since all cases of sexual violence or assault no longer need the victim to file charges in order for a perpetrator to be charged. Since the law has been revised, there has been a significant increase in the number of reports of and punishments for such crimes. According to statistics from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family’s support center for victims of sexual assault, there were 14,399 reported cases of sexual assault in 2011, 16,735 in 2012 and 20,597 in 2013 - increases of 16.2% then 23%. Since 2010, sexual crimes against minors have been able to be prosecuted without the victim filing charges. For the past year, since the repeal of the clause for victims over the age of 19, statistics show that the increase in reports of assault has been even more significant for adults. Reports of sexual violence against minors have increased from 4,830 to 5,294 (9.6%) in 2012. The same year, reports of sexual violence against adults increased from 6,103 to 8,17
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july 2014 by thegrandnarrative
South Korea Launches Probe of Violence and Rape Culture in Sports World · Global Voices
Following the firing of South Korea's women's national curling team coach for sexual, verbal and financial abuse of team members, the country's sports ministry has launched an investigation into the sports world. It has long been an open secret that South Korea's sports world is home to a culture of rampant violence and rape. A detailed 2009 Korean Human Rights Commission report [ko] found about 64 percent of junior players between 13 and 18 years old have experienced sexual abuse, including sexual molestation, sexual harassment and rape, by their coach or director. Last summer, a national Judo team coach stepped down [ko] amid allegations that he touched a female player's hip area; he maintained that he had merely given her a massage. This week, Hwasung female short-track team and their coach sued each other [ko], with players accusing the coach of needless physical contact. The coach, who failed to renew his contract because of the controversy, claimed that he was falsely accused.
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april 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Social Gains for Women Linked to Domestic Violence - NYTimes.com
Indian women who experience economic and social gains in the form of employment and education are often at a greater risk for domestic violence, according to a study released on Tuesday. The study, published in the peer-reviewed Population and Development Review, analyzed responses from more than 60,000 married women in the National Family Health Survey of India conducted from 2005 to 2006 in 29 states. Abigail Weitzman, a doctoral candidate in sociology at New York University, wrote in her study that compared with women who do not work, women who are the only employed members of their households face more than twice the risk of frequent domestic violence and 1.51 times the risk of severe domestic violence, which includes beating, choking, burning or attack with a weapon. Women with more education than their husbands had 1.4 times the risk of domestic violence and 1.54 times the risk of frequent violence compared with women with less education than their husbands. “For lots of fami
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march 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Stalking in Japan Explained in Comix! Young, Old, Man, Woman–It’s everywhere : Japan Subculture Research Center
“To build a Buddha image but not to put in the soul (仏作って魂入れず/Hotoke tsukutte tamashii irezu)” is a well-known saying stemming from a folk belief that statues of Buddhist deities are meant to have a spiritual presence. In other words, it’s a metaphor for making something that’s structurally sound but missing the most vital components. Japan’s antistalking laws are a good example. Although they have been on the books since November 2000, they are deeply flawed, outdated — and poorly enforced for a multitude of reasons, including problems endemic in Japanese police culture. The result of these “life-less” laws is that innocent people keep losing their lives. The most recent victim was 33-year-old Rie Miyoshi, a newlywed living in the Kanagawa Prefecture city of Zushi. She had repeatedly asked the police there to protect her from her ex-boyfriend, who was stalking her both online and stealthily in the real world. Between January and August of 2012, police issued 1,511 warnings against
stalking  japanese  stalking  japanese  police  japanese  sexual  violence 
february 2014 by thegrandnarrative
'Four Evils' insurance comes to a South Korea grappling with social change | GlobalPost
Sexual Assault While sexual assault cases doubled over a decade beginning in 2002, convictions have declined over the same period, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported last year. Research from the Korean Women’s Development Institute found fewer than 85 percent of cases resulted in arrests. There’s a social stigma attached to women who report rapes or assaults, the WSJ said. The pressure to settle out of court (usually for cash) often comes from within the judicial system. Domestic Violence Much like sexual assault, violence between spouses has received great attention from the South Korean government. Under rules announced last year, police team with counselors when called to domestic violence cases. It’s because South Korea has domestic violence rates five times that of nations such as Britain or Japan, the Korea Herald reported. The Herald cited stats that showed 15 percent of married women were abused in 2012. www.asianewsnet.net/S-Koreas-domestic-violence-48729.html
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february 2014 by thegrandnarrative
Beyonce's Drunk In Love: should we have a problem with it?
Is it time we took another look at Beyoncé's Drunk in Love? During the superstar's Grammys performance with her husband, Jay Z, she mouthed along to his guest verse, drawing attention to one particular lyric that has never quite sat right: "I'm Ike, Turner, turn up / Baby no I don't play / Now eat the cake, Anna Mae / I said eat the cake, Anna Mae" More than a month after Beyoncé ambushed the industry with the unannounced release of her self-titled fifth album, this line still grates. It references a disturbing scene from the Oscar-nominated Tina Turner biopic, What's Love Got to Do With It, in which a verbal argument between Tina (played by Angela Bassett) and her notoriously abusive husband and manager Ike (Lawrence Fishburne) turns physical. At its height, Ike commands Tina – born Anna Mae Bullock – to eat the cake he'd ordered in a diner, before Bassett ends up tussling with Lawrence, and with cake smeared across her face. There was a degree of criticism from blogs and the m
beyonce  drunk  in  love  feminism  domesic  violence 
january 2014 by thegrandnarrative
» The Nazi Women Who Were Every Bit As Evil As The Men
The Nazi Women Who Were Every Bit As Evil As The Men Posted on 9/26/2013 by admin Share From the mother who shot Jewish children in cold blood to the nurses who gave lethal injections in death camps 1 Blonde German housewife Erna Petri was returning home after a shopping trip in town when something caught her eye: six small, nearly naked boys huddled in terror by the side of the country road. Married to a senior SS officer, the 23-year-old knew instantly who they were. They must be the Jews she’d heard about — the ones who’d escaped from a train taking them to an extermination camp. But she was a mother herself, with two children of her own. So she humanely took the starving, whimpering youngsters home, calmed them down and gave them food to eat. Then she led the six of them — the youngest aged six, the oldest 12 — into the woods, lined them up on the edge of a pit and shot them methodically one by one with a pistol in the back of the neck. This schizophrenic combin
nazism  nazi  germany  nazi  women  female  violence 
january 2014 by thegrandnarrative
In Korea, sexual assault victims receive attorney consultations
http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/NewsView.do?SEARCH_NEWS_CODE=2783569&ref=A Sexual assault victims frequently feel re-victimized during the investigation and trial processes and defenseless against threats from their attackers. Now, a group of attorneys who specialize in supporting sexual assault victims so that they do not feel re-victimized are being praised for joining together. Yun Jin reports. Children who have been sexually assaulted may exhibit anxiety, excessive shyness, and violent behavior. They may be further victimized during the investigation and trial processes, in addition to the need for proper medical treatment. Attorney Kim Jong-woong is now a state-approved attorney specializing in such sexual assault victims. The goal is provide aid to victims who cannot stand up for their own rights since they do not know the law. Kim Jong-woong (state-appointed attorney specializing in sexual assault victims): “If a case similar to ours
korean  rape  korean  sexual  assault  korean  sexual  violence  korean  law 
january 2014 by thegrandnarrative
South Korean Human Rights Monitor | 48% of Female Teen Runaways Experience Sexual Violence - South Korean Human Rights Monitor
One in three female teen runaways eats less than once a day and nearly half have experienced sexual violence, sexual abuse or were victims of sexual harassment. The Hankook Ilbo reports that, according to a the results of a health survey aimed at female teen runaways, which was taken among 112 residents and 93 non-residents of shelter housing in Seoul and surrounding areas, 30.9% of respondents answered that they had less than one meal a day. The most common reason given for skipping meals (38.2% of respondents) was “not enough money for food.” In addition 48.3% of survey respondents answered that they had experienced sexual violence and abuse (25.4%) or sexual harassment (22.9%). Among them, 41.9% said that they “didn’t know” that prostitution victim support establishments and youth shelters provided medical support services. 37.4% of respondents said that they simply endured their illness until they were well again and reported that they sought advice from peers if they didn’t fee
korean  teenagers  runaways  korean  runaways  korean  sexual  violence 
december 2013 by thegrandnarrative
SKorea violent crime rate ‘at least twice as high as US’ | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent
The number of violent crimes in our country is now at least double the number in the United States and 12 times the number in Japan, a study has found. Park Dong-gyun, chairman of the Korean Association for Public Security Administration (한국치안행정학회), said in a conference at the National Police Agency’s great hall that “in 2010 there were 609.2 violent crimes per 10,000 people in our country, significantly more than the figures of 252.3 in the United States and 50.4 in Japan.” ... ...Jang Jun-oh, chairman of the Korea Criminological Institute (대한범죄학회), said that “from a random sample of 401 murders committed in the 13 years from from 1990 through 2002, we found that 40.9% of the assailants had prior convictions for violent crimes… we need to raise awareness of the possibility that ordinary violence can lead to more serious crimes.”...
crime  koreancrime  violentcrime  crimininkorea  criminals  koreancriminals  violence  violenceinkorea  system:unfiled 
august 2012 by thegrandnarrative

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