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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on October 16th, 2012 at 3:10 am

Teenagers In Korea Committing More Sex Crimes

I have to wonder if there really is an increase in these crimes or just greater police enforcement?:

Crimes committed by teenagers are growing and becoming more brutal. According to a crime white paper compiled by the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office, the number of minors booked on charges of murder, rape, robbery and arson more than doubled from 1,549 in 2005 to 3,106 in 2010.

Rape is a particularly bad problem. In 2005, 752 minors were booked on charges of rape, which surged 180 percent to 2,107 in 2010, the biggest increase among the four types of violent crime.

For robbery, the number rose from 696 to 819 and for arson from 77 to 161. The murder rate remained largely unchanged.

Sex crimes committed by minors against other minors increased the most. According to a legal almanac published by the Supreme Court, the number of minors tried in court for sex crimes tripled from 537 in 2002 to 1,695 in 2011 and the number of victims between 13 to 18 rose ten-fold from 60 to 690.   [Chosun Ilbo]

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  • Baek In-je
    2:16 am on October 16th, 2012 1

    I wouldn’t be suprised by two things:
    1. That the numbers that they have are meaningless as they have probably changed the way in which they classify the crimes. I’m willing to bet a lot of rapes are treated as assaults. And we all know that in Korea, a man cannot rape another man, so that is classified as an assault…or nothing.
    2. The numbers are way way low because these kinds of crimes tend to go unreported. And I wouldnt be so sure that the police are not in the regular habit of dissuading people from pressing charges. I worked with a Korean woman whose husband beat her up, leaving her with a black eye and a visibly bruised cheek. The police told her to go spend the night at a friend or relatives house, then go back home and everything would be alright. Now THAT is professionalism. Can you imagine the shame she felt having to lie to her students, co-workers, and strangers about what happened?

  • DTS
    3:35 am on October 16th, 2012 2

    My guess is the numbers are low-balled, plus there are probably many more non-reported incidents.

    The KNP are not exactly the premier investigative force that seeks truth and justice. They typically go after trying to tie as many cases as possible to whomever they get the goods on. They would rather catch 500 foreign kids smoking dope than burn one or two distributors and dealers. Forget if they have ties to the Korean mob, they won’t go near them with a ten foot pole.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t drive around with old unused fans in the trunk to explain those questionable death/murder/suicide cases that may interfere with lunch. “Fan Death” case closed.

  • Teadrinker
    3:36 am on October 16th, 2012 3

    And have new jails been built in those years? Usually, crime rates (or should I say, convictions) go up when that happens. If I didn’t know any better, I would think that governments are building jails to profit certain people.

  • JoeC
    4:21 am on October 16th, 2012 4

    Maybe more victims and their families are more willing to come forward and report it.

  • William
    6:35 pm on October 16th, 2012 5

    Even in USA, the vicitm of a rape has a very low propensity to report the crime. In Korea, the kind of attitudes a rape victim gets from friends, family, institutions, and police do not exactly inspire the victim of a rape to report the crime and pursue justice within the system.

    Many more Koreans are aware of this increase of young against young rape crime. Even some drama shows portray this and show what little recourse hte victim, usually female has to address it. As it stands right now, the only real effective course of action to adaquetly address and bring the perpetrator to justice is to already have a small platoon of gangsters working for you or your father and send them out on a strike mission vs the perpetrator and pound that guy to inch of his life.

  • Leon LaPorte
    6:45 pm on October 16th, 2012 6

    The whole right to face your accuser is unfortunate.

  • Stephen
    7:00 pm on October 16th, 2012 7

    There is the other face issue as well General Laporte. The rapists often threaten to upload video of the attack thereby damaging the “face” of the victim. If the victim retaliates by naming the rapist publicly she’ll be hit with a defamation suit; for damage to his “face”.

    Korean Paternalistic Confucianism, a blight upon the society.

  • Leon LaPorte
    9:11 pm on October 16th, 2012 8

    No one wins.

    Game, point, match.

  • Thomas Lee
    2:12 am on October 18th, 2012 9

    Calling a research paper into sexual assault a “white paper” is racist! :lol:

  • Kingkitty
    10:08 am on October 21st, 2012 10

    This is because Korean Kids are taught at an early age to be pervs….you know about the finger trick right?


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