In 2005, 752 minors were booked on charges of rape, which surged 180 percent to 2,107 in 2010.
As the male population aged between 13-19 in Korea in 2010 was 2.187 million then about 0.96% of Korean teenage males were charged with rape in 2010. Thus approximately 1 in 100 Korean male teenagers are rapists.
“As sex crimes or other violent crimes committed by youngsters increase, more teens are being tried in criminal courts rather than family courts and being sent to prison,” a court official said.
If the Korean male teenagers charged in 2009 were sentenced to more than 12 months detention, then the number of male teenagers charged with rape in 2009 and 2010 are mutually exclusive sets, and the total number is approximately 4000 teenage male rapists or about 1 in 50. 1 per middle or high school class, or one per bus, or one per subway carriage.
The real figure is likely to be much higher, as most rapes are not reported in Korea, which places a premium on female chastity before marriage.
Chosun Ilbo, 15 October 2012