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: