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Statistics About Sexual Assault Within the Korean Military

Here are some interesting statistics about sexual assaults within the ROK military:

On average one soldier a week is sexually assaulted by his peers, figures show. The Center for Military Human Rights Korea on Monday revealed data it obtained from the Defense Ministry, which show that 71 sex offenses were registered by military investigators between January 2009 and June of 2010.

In 34 cases or almost half of the recorded offenses, the accused were not even indicted. Even when they were court-martialed, seven received suspended sentences, and the cases against three were dismissed. In 16 cases, a stay of execution was given, while jail terms were sought only in five cases.

Fifty-two of the offenses were committed by one soldier against another, while six involved officers and 13 were committed by a senior officer against a lower ranking soldier.  [Chosun Ilbo]

When it comes to sexual assault it is important to remember that an accusation of sexual assault does not mean a sexual assault actually happened.  That is the sensationalism the Chosun Ilbo was showing with a lead headline that a ROK military servicemember is sexually assaulted on average every week.  This is not true.  On average a ROK servicemember is accused of sexual assault.  This is a big difference.  Of these accusations half of the accused were not indicted.  Did the Chosun Ilbo bother to look at the records on why they were not indicted?  Were the claims shown to be false?  Of the 74 accusations only 5 received jail time.  Maybe there is something shady going on with prosecution of sex criminals in the ROK military but this article does nothing to prove this.

Anyway if you haven’t already I high recommend reading my prior article about sexual assaults in the US military:

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  • Baek In-je
    3:25 am on January 29th, 2013 1

    Nothing gay to see here…move along…move along…

  • Baek In-je
    3:30 am on January 29th, 2013 2

    Actually, I am not suprised by the low conviction rate as male-on-male rape is NOT CONSIDERED A CRIME IN KOREA. I’ll say it again (even though it was screamed in all caps): a man cannot rape another man in Korea.

    Besides, I thought Koreans had already proven that homosexuality was brought to Korea by the Japanese and perpetuated by the American soldiers. So, it is not possible that there would be any hot man-on-man action, consentual or not, in the ROK army.

  • Jimbob
    5:13 am on January 29th, 2013 3

    Yea, nothing gay about catching all of our KATUSAs washing each others’ backs while showering on several occasions. Nope, nothing.

  • Tbonetylr
    5:26 am on January 29th, 2013 4

    I have no reason to believe there has ever been a S. Korean male found guilty of same sex “sexual assault” in a Korean court room because Korean males do not do that. “Sexual assault” is only counted as or is reduced to “assault.” Comparitively speaking, S. Korean males are never found guilty of male prostitution because the Korean language does not recognize Korean males as male prostitutes even though thousands of Korean females have been found guilty of buying sex from what the English language calls a male prostitute.

  • Setnaffa
    5:41 am on January 29th, 2013 5

    What’s with this sudden gay fixation? “Not that there’s anything wrong with that…”

  • Baek In-je
    6:01 am on January 29th, 2013 6

    The article is in refernce to sexual assault in a military that is 99.5% male…get it now?

  • Baek In-je
    6:17 am on January 29th, 2013 7

    They’d change their laws REALLY quickly if one of the male prostitutes was say…a real man (i.e. a white guy).

  • Tbonetylr
    7:07 am on January 29th, 2013 8

    The day Koreans use the Korean language correctly is the day I’ll take it seriously.

  • Kangaji
    7:40 am on January 29th, 2013 9

    #4 Wait, where are you getting these crime statistics? Your ass?

  • Tom
    9:35 pm on January 29th, 2013 10

    74 accused out of 650,000 troops per year, that’s just fantastic record of law abiding soldiers. Compare that to the US military in Korea where at least a dozen a day are accused of butt reaming from behind. And the number of USFK forces is only 4% of ROK military.

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